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Understanding strokes

Pennsylvania residents should be aware that, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 130,000 people in the United States killed by strokes each year. This means that strokes are responsible for 1 out of every 20 deaths in the nation annually.

Strokes are not always fatal. However, they can ultimately result in death or cause permanent disabilities. The most common risk factors include high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, advanced age and high cholesterol. Heart valve disease and atrial fibrillation are heart conditions that can also cause a stroke.

Two-thirds of Americans have at least one of the risk factors for strokes, which results in a high national health care bill. The United States pays almost $33 billion each year for stroke medications, health care services and days off from work.

Every year, more than 795,000 people in the U.S. have strokes; for 610,000 of them, it will be their first one. Individuals over the age of 65 make up the largest percentage of stroke sufferers.

There are three types of strokes. TIAs, also referred to as mini-strokes, are short-term events in which a loss of blood supply causes a temporary impairment of brain function. An ischemic stroke is much more serious because a portion of the brain loses blood flow. A hemorrhagic stroke is even more severe since it causes bleeding in the brain.

A personal injury attorney may pursue damages on behalf of a negligent doctor's failure to diagnose a serious medical condition. Multiple parties, including the hospital in which a doctor works, may be held liable for delayed treatment, the spreading of a disease, misdiagnosed cancer and more. Lawyers may be able to assist victims with seeking compensation for pain and suffering.

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