If You May Be Having a Stroke, Get Thee to a Kentucky Hospital Pronto!

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As time goes on, we tend to disregard some of the aches and pains that we assume come with the territory of aging. In some cases, though, the best thing you can do is take symptoms seriously and get to a Kentucky hospital as soon as you can.

When the flow of blood to one or more sections of the brain is interrupted, stroke can occur. Brain cells die. Obviously, it’s extremely important to get treatment immediately.

Be Aware of the Symptoms of Stroke

When should you suspect a stroke? Science Daily recommends that you go to the hospital if you experience the sudden onset of any of the following symptoms:

  • numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg—particularly on only one side of the body
  • confusion or difficulty understanding
  • severe headache with no apparent cause
  • trouble speaking
  • difficulty seeing in one or both eyes
  • dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, or difficulty walking

Why Is Early Treatment So Important?

Thrombolytic drugs are used to break up or dissolve blood clots, which are generally the cause of ischemic strokes. The most common treatment for stroke is tissue plasminogen activator (tPA). It must be administered within three hours of the onset of symptoms to be effective. Prompt treatment reduces the likelihood of death or of permanent disabilities, such as

  • paralysis
  • memory loss
  • speech impairment
  • loss of reasoning ability
  • coma

If you have suffered a brain injury in Kentucky because of someone else’s action or inaction, call Gray and White Law at 502-210-8942 or toll free at 888-450-4456 to set up a FREE, no-obligation consultation.