Misdiagnosis of Stroke
A stroke is a serious life-threatening medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to¬†part of the¬†brain is cut off.
Strokes are one of the largest causes of disability in adults and are one of the leading causes of death in the UK. ¬†The consequences of suffering a Stroke can be devastating.
Strokes are a medical emergency and¬†urgent treatment is vital. The sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke, the less damage is likely to occur.
Causes of a stroke
The brain needs oxygen and nutrients provided by blood to function properly. If the supply of blood is restricted or stopped, brain cells begin to die. This can lead to brain injury, disability and possibly death.
There are two main causes of strokes:
- ischaemic‚Äď¬†where the blood supply to the brain is stopped¬†because of¬†a¬†blood clot; and
- haemorrhagic‚Äď¬†where a weakened blood vessel supplying the brain bursts causing bleeding.
There is also a related condition known as a¬†transient ischaemic attack (TIA), where the blood supply to the brain is temporarily interrupted causing a ‚Äėmini-stroke‚Äô, often lasting between a few minutes and several hours. TIAs should be treated urgently, as they’re often a warning sign you’re at risk of having a full stroke in the near future.
Risk of Stroke
Certain conditions increase the risk of having a stroke, including:
Symptoms of Stroke
- Slurred speech
- Confusion / Disorientation
- Drooping face
- One-sided weakness¬†
Signs of a brain haemorrhage may also include a severe headache that comes on very rapidly, pain behind the eyes and sensitivity to light.