Stroke Medical Definition

What is a Stroke?” 

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Stroke Medical Definition

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Stroke medical definition: A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted or reduced, preventing the necessary oxygen and nutrients needed in the brain for healthy function. When the blood supply is lessened or stoped, brain cells begin to die within minutes which can lead to varying levels of brain damage if not treated correctly or promptly.

Tell tale signs of a stroke include: 

  • Trouble speaking and understanding what others are saying
  • Paralysis or numbness of the face, arm or leg
  • Problems seeing in one or both eyes
  • Headache
  • Trouble walking

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Stroke in Medical Malpractice Cases

A stroke is a medical emergency, and prompt treatment is very important. Early action can reduce brain damage and other complications. The majority of medical malpractice lawsuits related to stroke are based on time – that a doctor or nurse failed to diagnose the stroke in time and, or failed to give the patient the appropriate blood clot medication. The period of time to give a stroke victim the appropriate treatment or medication before major and permanent brain damage can occur. Unnecessary delays can lead to a lifetime of crippling disability, or death, as well as ensuing medical malpractice suits. 

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