A number of medical studies show minority stroke victims are more likely to be misdiagnosed by admitting hospital emergency rooms.
By: Kyle Colona
As has recently been reported on StrokeLaw.com, African Americans are two times more likely to suffer stroke than whites – and also more at risk of dying or suffering a permanent brain injury.
Stroke does not discriminate
Of course, stroke does not discriminate between white and black. And whether or not discrimination by medical providers is part of the reason for these glaring numbers is not the purpose of this discussion.
Regardless of a person’s race or ethnic background, StrokeLaw.com founders Cory Rosenbaum and Robert Fader are here to help stroke victims and their loved ones recover monetary rewards if a stroke has not been properly diagnosed or treated.
Are minorities more stroke prone?
One reason minorities are more at risk of stroke is because they are more susceptible to developing hypertension or high blood pressure, according to the National Stroke Association. And people with hypertension are at greater risk of having a stroke.
Cory Rosenbaum, founder of StrokeLaw.com believes that “doctors and hospitals should be more alert to the possibility of stroke when treating African Americans since they often suffer hypertension and high blood pressure. More attention should be provided when higher risk patients are in front of them.”
Common symptoms of stroke
In the final analysis, there are common symptoms of stroke that are color blind. These include sudden drooping of the face, trouble with speech or with understanding others, sudden numbness in the arms or legs, particularly on one side of the body, and sudden intense headache with no known cause.
In the end, it does not matter if you’re black or white: doctors and emergency room attendants should be ready to act fast. Time lost is brain lost. And misdiagnosing a stroke could be a case of stroke negligence.
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.