The key to minimizing the effects of a stroke is early detection and action. A stroke needs to be diagnosed immediately and the appropriate treatment given. Sadly, many patients are misdiagnosed in the emergency room and sent home. One study found that as many as 14 percent of patients, ages 16 to 50, suffer from misdiagnosed strokes.
As a patient, you are at the mercy of the doctors and nurses. However, you can protect yourself from misdiagnosis by understanding the warning signs of a stroke. Some of the common stroke symptoms, according to MayoClinic.com, include:
- Difficulty walking
- Trouble with speech and understanding
- Numbness or paralysis on one side of the face or body
- Blurred or blackened vision
If you or your family member is experiencing these symptoms, get to the doctor right away. Be sure to tell the treating physician that these are signs of a stroke.
When a Stroke Goes Undiagnosed
A doctor may be held liable for a misdiagnosed stroke, as it could be considered medical malpractice in Virginia. Make sure you understand your rights. You can learn more by reading our article, Misdiagnosed Stroke: The Silent Killer. You should also order a copy of the book, Why Most Medical Malpractice Victims Never Recover a Dime. The book is FREE for Virginia residents.