By: Kyle Colona
The facts about stroke are in and the news is not good. Currently, more than 795,000 Americans each year suffer a stroke. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death, killing close to 140,000 people every year.About 40% of stroke deaths occur in men and 60% in women. Stroke is also a leading cause of serious, long-term disability.*
Moreover, stroke victims suffer physical, emotional and mental anguish on the long road back. The same is true of family members and caregivers. Those are the facts.
But there are also myths like stroke is unavoidable, particularly in the elderly and that stroke cannot be prevented. Not so. Many times a stroke is not quickly diagnosed. This could be a matter of stroke negligence. New York licensed attorney’s Cory Rosenbaum and Robert Fader have decades of experience successfully pursuing medical malpractice cases including stroke negligence. They founded StrokeLaw.com.
Preventing and/or treating a stroke means doctors need to act fast and recognize the symptoms of stroke. The symptoms that doctors should immediately recognize include drooping of the face, numbness or weakness in the arms or legs, particularly on one side of the body, and sudden intense headache with no known cause.
Types of Stroke
There are generally two types of stroke: ischemic and hemorrhagic. An ischemic stroke is the most common type of stroke, about 80% of cases. These occur when blood clots develop in an artery that carries blood and oxygen to the brain. In the event of an ischemic stroke, time lost is brain lost. If a blood clot is not treated quickly a brain injury can occur.
Ischemic stroke can be treated if it is diagnosed properly, however, by providing a stroke victim with clot busting drugs like t-PA.
Hemorrhagic stroke is the other type of stroke. These occur when a blood vessel breaks and bleeds into the brain. Treating this type of stroke is different than the treatment for ischemic stroke; and diagnosing and treating the wrong type of stroke can lead to further injury.
What’s the cure for misdiagnosis?
If a stroke victim is lucky, they get to live and go on to recover. But what’s the cure for a stroke victim’s severe physical and emotional pain of a stroke being misdiagnosed?
If you or a loved one has suffered a stroke that was not diagnosed and/or treated by your doctor quickly, you may be the victim of stroke negligence. Mr. Rosenbaum and Mr. Fader are available to help. Call them today for a free consultation. You may be entitled to monetary damages.
The National Stroke Association