Written by Andrew Sarski on February 9, 2011
Symptoms of Stroke
There are two types of stroke, the most common being an ischemic stroke, which is caused by a blood clot that blocks a blood vessel in the brain. A hemorrhagic stroke is caused by a blood vessel that breaks and bleeds into the brain. Typical symptoms of stroke include:
- Coordination problems
- Vision problems
- Difficulty speaking
- Sudden headache
- Loss of consciousness
- Weakness in the arm, leg, or both on the same side
- Weakness of facial muscles
Small strokes may not be accompanied by any symptoms, but they can still cause devastating damage to brain tissue. It is imperative that stroke victims seek medical attention immediately, as delayed treatment can result in devastating consequences. There is a limited window of opportunity between when stroke symptoms first begin and when treatment can still be effective. Some stroke victims will suffer from cerebral swelling, seizures, increased pressure on the brain or bleeding into brain tissue.
Impact of Stroke on Victims
Many stroke survivors will suffer from a number of life-altering health complications related to their injury, depending on the severity of the stroke. The major impact of a stroke is the victim’s loss of independence, which occurs in approximately thirty percent of stroke survivors. A stroke can also result in permanent disability, loss of brain and bodily function and decreased quality of life. Because a stroke often results in immobility, a victim may develop a blood clot in a deep vein in the leg, called deep vein thrombosis, which can then travel upwards and block blood flow to the lungs, which can cause a pulmonary embolism.
Stroke Side Effects Legal Help
Stroke is currently the third most common cause of death in the United States. This type of injury can cause irreversible injury and life-threatening damage to the body’s vital organs. One of the most effective ways of preventing a stroke is to refrain from taking oral contraceptives that contain dangerous blood clotting hormones. Unfortunately, without accurate information from pharmaceutical companies, it is difficult for consumers to determine which drugs are safe to take and which are not. By concealing the more serious side effects associated with pharmaceutical medications, drug manufacturing companies ensure FDA approval and also put consumers at risk for harmful injury and even death. The most dangerous aspect of this deceptive drug company practice is that consumers are unaware of these dangers and are therefore robbed of the right to make an educated decision about the risks and benefits of their medications. The only way to protect your rights and stand up to negligent drug companies is to contact a defective drug attorney to discuss filing a defective drug lawsuit.
A number of defective drug lawsuits are pending against pharmaceutical companies and many defective drug cases are currently under investigation. Victims of injuries related to defective drugs are not at fault. If you or a loved one has suffered from a stroke and you believed pharmaceuticals to be the cause, seek legal guidance from a defective drug lawyer. Qualified defective drug attorneys are experienced in defective drug litigation and have the knowledge and tools necessary to help you develop a successful case against the drug manufacturing company.