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Getting treatment for strokes

Many North Carolina residents believe that strokes only strike the elderly. However, a person can actually suffer a stroke in their 30s or 40s. Because there are more than 130,000 deaths across the nation caused by strokes every year, it is important to know the signs and symptoms as getting immediate treatment is imperative.

It is estimated that more than 795,000 people in the nation suffer a stroke every year. For about 75 percent of those individuals, this is the first stroke that they experience. For young people, the risk of stroke increases based on certain factors, including the use of illicit drugs, alcohol abuse, sleep apnea and obesity. Women who use oral contraceptives may also be at an increased risk for a stroke as many contraceptives raise the risk of a blood clot.

One major problem that younger stroke victims face is the potential for a misdiagnosis. Some of the most common misdiagnoses include intoxication, migraines, vertigo, seizures and inner ear disorder. When a misdiagnosis is made, the window for the most effective treatment closes as treatment needs to be administered within three to four hours after the onset of the symptoms.

If a stroke is not properly diagnosed and treated as soon as possible, a person can suffer serious complications that may include a loss of memory, mobility and cognitive function. A victim could suddenly be unable to work or even care for himself or herself. If a worsened medical condition was determined to be caused by the failure to diagnose a stroke, the victim or family members could potentially seek compensation for future medical costs and other damages. An attorney may assist with filing a medical malpractice claim.

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