A stroke, or cerebrovascular accident, occurs when brain cells die due to a disruption in blood supply to a portion of the brain. A majority are ischemic strokes, which are caused by a blood clot in a vessel supplying blood to the brain. Another type of stroke is known as hemorrhagic strokes. These are caused by a rupture or leakage from a blood vessel in the brain. Strokes kill about 170,000 people and disable another 200,000 in the United States each year. The most common cause of strokes is high blood pressure.
In some cases, an impending stroke may be signaled by a mini stroke, or transient ischemic attack (TIA). TIA is followed by a stroke in 36% of those who experience it. TIA occurs due to a temporary blockage or reduction of flow in an artery supplying the brain, usually as the result of a blood clot.
Other warnings and symptoms of a stroke may include:
- Difficulty in speaking or understanding speech
- Numbness, weakness, tingling or paralysis, particularly when experienced on only one side of the body
- Loss of consciousness
- Loss of balance or coordination
- Severe headache
- Loss of or diminished vision
If a stroke is suspected, a CT scan of the brain may be indicated to determine whether there was any bleeding in the brain. Prompt emergency room care can mean the difference between life and death.
If you have doubts over whether a doctor correctly diagnosed a stroke or mini stroke suffered by you or your loved one, you should consult with a medical malpractice lawyer familiar with failure to diagnose stroke cases.
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