Stroke Misdiagnosis

What Is A Stroke?

A stroke is an interruption in blood supply to an area of the brain. There are two main types of strokes. Ischemic strokes occurs when patients suffer from an interrupted supply of blood to the brain, usually by a blood clot. The second is a hemorrhagic stroke which occurs when blood floods the brain as the result of a ruptured vessel. Strokes can range from mild to deadly with the symptoms varying greatly from patient to patient. However, patients in healthcare facilities that present signs of a stroke need a diagnosis and treatment immediately.

Stroke Symptoms

Patients can experience a variety of different symptoms when having a stroke. Some patients will experience many symptoms, and others will experience just a few. Some of the most common stroke symptoms include:

  • Sudden numbness, weakness, tingling, or loss of movement in the arm, face, or leg – usually presenting on only one side of the body
  • Drooping face
  • Sudden changes in vision
  • Trouble speaking
  • Difficulty understanding simple statements or general confusion
  • Problems with balance or walking
  • A severe and sudden headache that is different from other headaches
  • Weakness in the arms

Even if they insist they are fine, individuals presenting any of these symptoms must receive a medical evaluation.

How Do Doctors Diagnose a Stroke?

Doctors use high-resolution imaging or CT scans to diagnose a stroke. Additionally, doctors might rely on an MRI to make a diagnosis. By taking and analyzing x-rays, doctors can also observe whether or not bleeding in the brain has taken place. This test also helps determine whether the stroke is ischemic or hemorrhagic, which is important for determining the best treatment. Doctors may also look for causes of the stroke by ordering a blood test, testing the blood sugar levels, liver and kidney tests, electrolyte test, and blood clot test.

How Do Doctors Misdiagnose a Stroke?

In some cases, a stroke diagnosis can be delayed or overlooked altogether as the symptoms of stroke may be mild or vague and are carelessly attributed to benign conditions like a migraine headache, the aging process, food poisoning, or even a spell that will pass on its own. It is vital for strokes to be treated as soon as possible to minimize the devastating effects they can have, which can include paralysis, brain damage, physical or mental disability, and even death.

Experienced Stroke Misdiagnosis Attorneys

A stroke misdiagnosis could mean the difference between life and death. If you or someone you love experienced a stroke misdiagnosis or believe your diagnosis was delayed, call Lopez McHugh LLP today. We can analyze your situation and help you understand your legal options. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.


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