Quick treatment critical for stroke victims

Posted On May 30, 2017 Medical Malpractice

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 130,000 people die in the country each year from a stroke. However, not every stroke is fatal. There are steps that people in Arizona might be able to take to prevent a stroke or recover if one occurs.

Certain conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, can all contribute to the likelihood that a person may have a stroke. Certain lifestyle factors, such as smoking or alcohol abuse, might also increase stroke risk. One key to surviving a stroke is identifying that a stroke is underway and getting treatment quickly.

Most people who suffer from strokes are older than 65. However, people who are 45 and younger might have a stroke as well. Chances can be increased by risk factors such as obesity, smoking, sleep apnea and high blood pressure. Unfortunately, a stroke in a younger person may go unrecognized. A medical professional may send a younger stroke victim away with an incorrect diagnosis of vertigo, intoxication, migraine or inner ear disorder. This could hinder the treatment of a stroke since the hours after one occurs are critical.

Failing to recognize symptoms when a person is not in a particular risk group or has atypical symptoms is one reason that a misdiagnosis might occur. For example, women and men have different heart attack symptoms, and a doctor may not realize that a heart attack is underway. A medical professional may fail to order additional tests for a younger person who has colon cancer because of a lack of family history or risk factors. However, a misdiagnosis that adversely affects a person’s health and is the result of not receiving a reasonable standard of care could legally be considered medical malpractice.