Cerebrovascular accidents, more commonly known as strokes, strike over 600,000 Americans every year. This makes cerebrovascular accidents the primary cause of disablements and the third leading killer in the United States. Cerebrovascular accidents happen with equal frequency in both sexes, although women suffer from cerebrovascular accidents more often than men at younger ages (40s-50s), and are more likely to die from a cerebrovascular accident. Recently, the FDA released notification that the drug Phenylpropanolamine can significantly increase the risk of cerebrovascular accidents. The report indicated that people taking cold medicines and diet aids containing Phenylpropanolamine had more cerebrovascular accidents than others.
The stroke is one of the most preventable neurological disorders. Very often, cerebrovascular accidents can be avoided by controlling weight, cholesterol and blood pressure. Learning about risk factors of cerebrovascular accidents and making the appropriate lifestyle changes can greatly reduce cerebrovascular accidents. Knowing the warning signs associated with the onset of a stroke can reduce the amount of time before a cerebrovascular accident victim receives the appropriate medical attention. If treated early enough, damage from cerebrovascular accidents can be minimized.
Damages incurred by cerebrovascular accidents correspond the brain regions that were directly affected. Depending upon areas damaged by the cerebrovascular accident, patients lose mobility, speech, memory, and vision. Over one quarter of the individuals who suffer a cerebrovascular accident will die as a result. Survivors often struggle with even simple tasks, and damages from cerebrovascular accidents can require full time medical care. Families of victims and survivors of cerebrovascular accidents may be entitled to recover the cost of medical care and lost wages if the cerebrovascular accident is determined to be the fault of an outside party. An attorney who specializes in cerebrovascular accidents may be able to advise you on the proper course of action to recover damages resulting from stroke.
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