Stroke is prevalent in elderly individuals and 66% of hospitalized stroke cases are people over the age of 65, according to the National Stroke Association.
By: Kyle Colona
Stroke is Not Inevitable
This does not mean stroke is inevitable. There are early signs of stroke that all doctors, emergency rooms and other medical providers should know. Some of these signs are numbness in the face and limbs, particularly on one side of the body, severe headaches with no known cause and difficulty with communication.
But speed is critical for a correct diagnosis and a positive patient outcome. There are blood clot busting drugs that can head off a stroke or lessen brain damage. And a medical provider’s failure to act fast can be a case of stroke negligence.
Attorneys like Cory Rosenbaum and Robert Fader have extensive experience with these types of cases and can help you recover a monetary reward.
Types of Stroke in Elderly Patients
There are various types of strokes that elderly people can suffer. For instance, an Ischemic Stroke can occur as a result of fatty buildup and cholesterol in the blood vessels. These buildups can become clots that breakaway and block blood supply to the brain which results in a stroke.
About 80% of stroke cases are ischemic. These strokes can be prevented if patients are provided with clot blosting drugs like t-PA and newer medicines. But time is of the essence. These drugs must be provided quickly to prevent a patient’s death or lessen injury to the brain. And a doctor who acts quickly can even prevent an ischemic stroke.
Another type of stroke is “hemorrahgic.” These are caused by sudden breaking of a blood vessel in the brain. This requires a different remedy, possibly even surgery. And misdiagnosing this type of stroke as ischemic can cause more brain injury if a medical provider incorrectly gives a patient clot busting drugs.
The prognosis for elderly patients
Stroke in elderly people is not inevitable. Sadly, however, elderly people still account for 66% of hospitalized stroke cases. Strokes can be prevented or quickly treated if a doctor makes the right diagnosis. But if you or a loved one has suffered a stroke that was not correctly diagnosed, you may be entitled to financial damages.
The founders of StrokeLaw.com, Cory Rosenbaum & Robert Fader, are New York attorneys with decades of experience representing victims of medical malpractice and stroke victims and their loved ones. They are available for free consultations.