It is a silent killer with subtle signs that leaves its victim dead in six hours in some instances, if left untreated. Most adults in our country over the age of fifty could not list the symptoms proving that education on this silent but deadly disease needs to be improved due to the fact that it is one of the leading causes of death today. The stroke or “brain attack” can occur for one of two reasons. The first is a blood clot that settles in the brain which blocks blood until the brain shuts down. This type of stroke is called an ischemic stroke. The second cause of a stroke is a ruptured vessel in the brain. This type of stroke is known as a hemorrhagic stroke.
Though they are not well known or recognized by the public, there are five common signs that someone has just suffered a stroke:
- If a person has an excruciating headache that seemed to come without cause or warning
- Has vision loss in one or both eyes
- Has a numb or weak feeling in the face and typically on one side of the person’s body
- Seems confused and has trouble speaking or understanding what is being said, or
- Suffers suddenly from loss of balance and coordination or becomes dizzy
If these are happen in extreme measures, they should be taken to a hospital immediately as there is typically only a six hour window for treatment to start being administered.
ER doctors can be up to 30% likely to wrongly diagnose a stroke as something simple such as an inner ear infection or a bad migraine. Mistakes are often made when young people have strokes because it is more likely to have a stroke during the later years in life. The Federal Healthcare data was taken from 2008-2009 and it showed that over 200,000 people suffered from a stroke in over 1,000 different hospitals. Some were misdiagnosed and sent home. They all returned within 48 hours with obvious tell-tale signs of stroke. There are legal actions that can be taken when this type of situation arises. Zimmerman & Frachtman, P.A. take on personal injury and wrongful death cases. Their website offers both phone number and email contact information.
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