A stroke is a condition where a blood clot or a ruptured artery or blood vessel cuts off blood flow to an area of the brain. The lack of blood deprives brain cells of oxygen and glucose and leads to brain damage and the death of brain cells. Strokes often result in permanent disability that includes speech, movement and memory impairment.
Risk factors for stroke:
• Over age 55
• African American, Hispanic or Pacific Islander
• A family history of stroke
• High blood pressure
• High cholesterol
• Cardiovascular disease
• Smoking cigarettes
• Drug use
• Heavy alcohol use
However, healthy, young individuals may also suffer strokes. Sometimes these can be the result of a birth injury, head injury, unnecessary or improperly done chiropractic adjustment, birth control pills, or other dangerous drugs.
It is important that everyone know the symptoms of stroke. Early treatment is important for recovery as cells begin to die within minutes after a stroke. In nursing homes, it is important that staff monitor patients and be able to recognize if a stroke has occurred.
'Signs of Stroke:
• Dizziness, trouble walking, loss of balance and coordination
• Speech problems
• Numbness, weakness or paralysis on one side of the body.
• Blurred, blackened, or double vision.
• Sudden or severe headache.
There are two main types of strokes.
1. Ischemic stroke: This is the most common type of stroke. In these strokes, the brain is deprived of blood. A clot blocks or partially blocks the flow of blood to the brain or to an artery that feeds the brain. This causes cell death and damage in a particular area of the brain.
2. Hemorrhagic stroke: In these strokes, a blood vessel on the brain’s surface ruptures and bleeding occurs inside the skull (subarachnoid hemorrhage) or when an artery in the brain bursts and fills the surrounding tissue with blood (cerebral hemorrhage). The bleed results in both a lack of blood to the brain and in a buildup of blood that puts pressure on the brain. This can cause permanent brain injury and may also cause death.
Strokes are the leading cause of disability and the third leading cause of death in the United States. Stroke survivors may suffer from lifelong disability that includes partial paralysis. They are often left unable to work and unable to enjoy their favorite activities. Stroke victims may require expensive physical and occupational rehabilitation in order to partially regain their abilities. They may lose the ability to speak, walk or read, and may feel emotional stress and frustration as well as personal assistance with daily tasks.
If your loved one has suffered a stroke due to chiropractic injury, accidental injury or a dangerous drug, your family has rights. Contact the Roswold Law Group at 888-348-2616 to learn more.