Stroke Young Adults. Many people under 45 suffer stroke. Stroke victims include young adults who are professional athletes. One of every seven of these cases is misdiagnosed.
Stroke Young Adults: Stroke Can Hit at Any Age
A stroke can happen at any age. In our practice, we represented a 16 year old that suffered a stroke. Since the hospital did not treat him quickly, he ended up in a wheel chair. The hospital’s failure to treat him quickly caused him to lose most of the use office right arm. Stroke hits people of all ages. All of us can fall victim to doctor’s stroke misdiagnosis. Hospitals could commit malpractice on all of us by not treating quickly,
Stroke Young Adults. Professional Athletes
Kris Letang: In February 2014, Kris Letang, Pittsburg Penguins star player suffered a stroke at the age of 26. Letang was held out of a game against the L.A. Kings because he was dizzy. When he also had nausea and headaches, he was sent for tests. The star athlete had suffered a stroke.
Tedy Bruschi was a New England Patriot. He played linebacker. He was a 2005 Super Bowl Champion. At the age of 31 he suffered a stroke. It was just after helping the New England Patriots to their third Super Bowl win. He had also played in the Pro Bowl.
Tedy Bruschi woke up one morning with a severe headache. He had numbness on one side of his body. At first Tedy thought that he had been injured during the Pro Bowl game. He couldn’t recall any unusual jarring tackles or blows to the head. His symptoms worsened. His vision became impaired. He had clear signs of stroke.
Tedy had suffered a stroke.
Russell Allen played in the NFL. Russell was a linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was cut from the team after failing a physical. He noticed something flash when he hit another player. Later in the game Allen began to suffer from double vision and a severe headache. An MRI confirmed that Allen had suffered a stroke during the game against the Bills.
Stroke Young Adults. Stroke Misdiagnosis
The most alarming aspect of stroke in young adults is that one in seven cases is misdiagnosed.
Doctors at Wayne State University, Detroit Medical Center Stroke Program found misdiagnosis among 57 young stroke young adults. The most common misdiagnoses given for these young stroke victims were vertigo, migraine headache, alcohol in take, seizures and inner ear disorders.
The article states:
“Other patients were misdiagnosed as having labyrinthitis, migraine, and new-onset seizure with prolonged postictal state, according to Dr. Chaturvedi. Seven of the eight patients were potential candidates for tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) treatment. “Only one patient arrived after six hours,” he said.
Among other findings, six of the eight misdiagnosed patients proved to have vertebrobasilar territory strokes, he said. Three strokes were due to dissection, two were cryptogenic, and one each was caused by atherosclerosis, small vessel disease, and suspected Sneddon syndrome.
All eight patients with missed diagnoses were initially evaluated at hospital emergency rooms that were not certified as Joint Commission Primary Stroke Centers. Age did appear to play a role, with 33 percent of people under age 35 misdiagnosed versus nine percent of those age 35 and older. “This reached borderline significance,” Dr. Chaturvedi said.
Also, 35 percent of posterior circulation strokes were misdiagnosed, compared with five percent of anterior circulation strokes, a significant difference.”
These stroke young adults were treated and sent home. When a misdiagnosis stroke and sends a person home, the critical window of time for treated is wasted. Fast treatment means less brain damage. Fast treatment means less injuries. The saying developed by the American Stroke Association is “Time is Brain.”
Stroke Young Adults. Time is Brain
Time is Brain means that for every minute that a stroke is not treated, more brain cells die. The more time that a patient suffers stroke misdiagnosis, more brain cells die. There brain cells that die, the worse the injuries will be. The more time that is lost, the more likely the person is to die from the stroke. See our video on delayed stroke treatment. Delayed treatment often results from stroke misdiagnosis.
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