Knowing the Signs of a Stroke in Progress

A Stroke is a life threatening medical condition that occurs when the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs due to blood vessels being blocked or bursting. There are three major types of strokes. An ischemic stroke occurs when blood flow to part of the brain is cut off, due to a blocked or clogged blood vessel. An embolic stroke occurs when a blood clot breaks free and blocks circulation to the brain, depriving it of blood and oxygen. Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when blood vessels in the brain leak or rupture, causing blood to build up and put pressure on surrounding areas, resulting in the death of brain tissue. Regardless of the type of stroke, rapid diagnosis and treatment are key to reducing long term disability.

In order to prevent deadly strokes, it is important to recognize the warning signs that may put you or a loved one at risk. The National Stroke Association  says one of the simplest ways to tell if a stroke is in progress is to evaluate F.A.S.T. (Face, Arms, Speech, and Time). During a stroke, the victim may lose the ability to control half of their face and limbs, making them appear to sag. The sagging leads to slurred speech, another sign of an imminent stroke. During a stroke, it is also possible that the victim may lose their sense of touch. If you suspect someone is having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately to get them help. The sooner treatment is given, the better off the victim will be.

If a victim has an ischemic or embolic stroke and sought help within a three to six-hour window, doctors may administer a medication called TPA, which reverses the effects of a stroke and dissolves blood clots. The sooner the TPA is administered, the better the outcome for the patient, which is why prompt diagnosis and treatment is so important.

The treatment for Hemorrhagic strokes may include neurosurgery other emergent treatment to reduce pressure on the brain as a result of the bleeding/hemorrhage. The longer bleeding goes on, the more damage there will be to the brain.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to negligent delay in treatment of a stroke, Bonina & Bonina P.C. can help. With over 100 years of combined experience in the Medical Malpractice field, our team of highly skilled attorneys will listen to you, explain your options, and help you decide what action to take. The consultation is free, whether you call toll free at 1-888-MEDLAW1 (633-5291) or fill out a contact form to submit via E-mail.


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