Facial drooping is a symptom of stroke, a fact that is readily known by doctors and the medical profession at large but is often a sign of stroke that is missed or misdiagnosed.
By: Kyle Colona
Facial drooping is a symptom of stroke. This fact is readily known by doctors and the medical profession at large.
A doctor who fails to recognize facial drooping as a sign of stroke and misdiagnoses the stroke is negligent. If you or a loved one has suffered a stroke because of such a misdiagnosis, then that is a good reason to seek the counsel of New York medical malpractice attorneys Cory Rosenbaum or Robert Fader.
Facial Drooping and Other Symptoms of Stroke?
Facial drooping is a warning sign of an impending stroke or an actual stroke which can lead to permanent brain injury or death. Facial drooping is a component of the acronym FAST:
Face – does the stroke victims face look different;
Arms – is there weakness in one or both arms;
Speech – is the victim’s speech different;
Time – if any of these symptoms are present, get the victim to the hospital and think stroke.
The neurological institute also correctly warns that facial drooping is sign of stroke. Doctors should know the symptoms of stroke that accompany facial drooping including sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body, sudden confusion, and sudden severe headache with no known cause among others.
Doctors should also know that time lost is brain lost. And NIND warns that “brain cells die when they no longer receive oxygen and nutrients from the blood” that is the result of stroke and the brain damage is often worse when doctors and hospitals fail to diagnose the stroke and treat the stroke quickly.
Why this matters?
The good news is that strokes can be prevented and when strokes occur and are treated quickly by clot busting medicine the brain damage can be limited.
The bad news is that misdiagnosing a stroke can cause a stroke victim permanent injury or death. New York Medical Malpractice Attorneys Cory Rosenbaum and Robert Fader accept stroke negligence cases on a no upfront fee basis.
The founders of StrokeLaw.com, Cory Rosenbaum & Robert Fader, are New York attorneys with decades of experience representing victims of medical malpractice including stroke victims and their loved ones. They are available for free consultations.
Source: The National Institute of Neurological Disorders