Strokes forever change people’s lives, and not for the better. Strokes are dangerous by themselves, but a stroke caused by someone else’s mistake is even more devastating. A stroke can cause brain damage, debilitating disabilities, and over time, even death. The body slowly shuts down after a person experiences a stroke, and it’s more times than not, hard to recover from a stroke. Today we will define what strokes are and go into more detail about what makes them so dangerous and detrimental to a person’s life. We’ll also go over how to tell if someone is having a stroke and what you should know about stroke misdiagnosis.
What are “Strokes”?
When blood flow cannot reach the brain, a stroke can happen. What happens more often than not is a person experiencing multiple strokes. Blood flow not getting to the brain results in it not getting nutrients and oxygen from the blood. Brain cells can die within minutes without oxygen and nutrients. Sudden bleeding in the brain can also cause a stroke if it damages brain cells. A stroke undeniably is a medical emergency. Common signs of someone experiencing a stroke include:
- Mild Weakness
- Numbness on a particular side of the body or face
- Sudden and Severe Weakness and Headache
- Vision Impairment
- Trouble Speaking
- Trouble Understanding Speech
What Do I Do If Someone Experiences a Stroke Around Me or I’m Having a Stroke?
Call 911 immediately! Never drive to the hospital yourself or have someone drive you. Don’t drive the stroke victim to the hospital either. You want to call an ambulance because medical personnel can begin life-saving treatment right away. Every minute matters.
What You Should Know About Stroke Misdiagnosis
While it’s true that strokes are the most common cause of brain injuries, doctors are not always correct in diagnosing them. For various groups of patients, emergency doctors are 30% more likely to misdiagnose or completely ignore the signs of a stroke. Unfortunately, women, minorities, and people under 45 are at the highest risk of being misdiagnosed. What’s even more alarming is that people associate emergency doctors with being the most qualified to spot stroke symptoms. If you fear that you or loved one is experiencing a stroke misdiagnosis, or had a stroke happen due to medical negligence, reach out to Snyder Law Group.
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