What is a stroke?
A stroke, sometimes called a “brain attack,” occurs when blood flow to an area in the brain is cut off. The brain cells, deprived of the oxygen and glucose needed to survive, die. If a stroke is not caught early, permanent brain damage or death can result.
More than 140,000 people die each year from stroke in the United States. Stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States. Each year, approximately 795,000 people suffer a stroke. About 600,000 of these are first attacks, and 185,000 are recurrent attacks according to strokecenter.org.
WebMD lists these 5 warning signs of a stroke:
- Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg (especially on one side of the body).
- Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech.
- Sudden vision problems in one or both eyes.
- Sudden difficulty walking or dizziness, loss of balance or problems with coordination.
- Severe headache with no known cause.
The acronym F.A.S.T has been created to assist in spotting a stroke. Call 911 if you or someone you know has these symptoms:
- F. Face Drooping
- A. Arm Weakness
- S. Speech Difficulty
- T. Time to Call 911
Because symptoms of stroke can be mistaken for many different things, stroke patients and those around them need to speak up and advocate for a proper diagnosis and care as soon as possible.
A delay in treatment can increase the severity of a stroke. So, a swift and proper diagnosis is paramount.
If a loved one has suffered injury or died due to failure to properly diagnose and treat a stroke or heart attack, our attorneys may be able to help obtain fair compensation for damage suffered.
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