A stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel breaks and the flow of blood to the brain is interrupted. Lack of oxygen from your blood causes brain damage as brain cells die. This can cause symptoms as light as weakness in an arm or leg or as severe as paralysis, mental disability, and even death. Although some people can recover from strokes, the fact is the overwhelming majority either will die or will be left with some form of disability. Strokes are the third leading cause of death in American and are the number one cause of adult disability.
Although strokes are very serious, more than 80% are preventable. The first step to preventing a stroke is to recognize risk factors and develop a strategy for controlling them with your doctor. Some risk factors are out of your control. For instance, people over age 55, men, and people with a family history of strokes are at greater risk. African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and Pacific Islanders are at higher risk than Caucasians. However, other risk factors can be treated and controlled with medical attention. Monitoring blood pressure, heart rate, and cholesterol are three things doctors can do to reduce your risk of stroke. Quitting smoking and limiting alcohol use have also found to reduce the risk of stroke. Finally, excessive obesity correlates to higher risk for stroke, so losing weight can often help reduce your risk.
Medical malpractice can occur when a doctor fails to diagnose the possibility of a stroke. This can occur when a doctor fails to order proper tests to measure blockage or blood clots. Misdiagnosis of stroke risk factors can be another form of medical malpractice. Failure to prescribe anti-coagulation treatment to limit blood clotting is another common form of medical malpractice.
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