Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability and the third leading cause of death in the United States. While these are frightening facts, many strokes can be prevented. The damage caused by a stroke can also be minimized when it is detected early. The more time that lapses from the onset of the stroke to treatment, the worse the prognosis is for the patient.
Why Strokes Are Sometimes Misdiagnosed The symptoms of a stroke mimic other, less serious conditions. For example, blurred vision and trouble walking may be attributed to an inner ear disorder. Numbness of the face or body may be explained as alcohol intoxication. When stroke is misdiagnosed, it increases the patient’s likelihood of suffering permanent damage.
Stroke Complications According to MayoClinic.com, the list of complications associated with strokes is pretty long. These complications are life changing and include:
Paralysis or loss of muscle movement
Impaired reasoning skills
Trouble understanding concepts
Loss of feeling or numbness
Of course, a misdiagnosed stroke only increases the risk of suffering one of these terrible complications.