A stroke can have a devastating effect on a person. In some instances people are able to recover and have a high quality of life. In other instances, some people are not as fortunate. With that said, there are signs which can alert not only family members that a person is either having a stroke or about to have a stroke, but there are signs present to doctors and other medical professionals too.
According to the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association the mnemonic F.A.S.T. has been used to help and educate the public. The F stands for facial drooping. The A deals with weakness in the arms. The S stands for slurred speech and the T means time to call 911.
One very important clue into stroke diagnosis is whether the person has a family history of stroke. If there is a family history and the patient presents to the doctor with complaints indicative of a stroke diagnosis (for example headaches, dizziness, problems concentrating, slurred speech, etc…), the doctor must do everything possible to get the patient the help he or she needs.
If you have questions regarding whether your doctor ignored the signs that you were in danger of having a stroke, we invite you to give us a call. We can be reached at 301-850-4832. We would be glad to chat with you and listen to your story.