As an Atlanta medical malpractice lawyer, I’ve seen what happens to stroke patients and their families.  Like any medical condition, the best way to avoid the life changing, potentially fatal, effects of a stroke is to prevent the stroke from occurring in the first place.  While stroke prevention is not always possible, the following steps* may prevent strokes in some patients.

Specifically, it is important to:
  • Find Out Your Stroke Risk: a doctor can assess your stroke risk based on a variety of factors. It is important to know if you are at high risk of a stroke so that you can educate yourself about stroke symptoms and know what to do in an emergency.   For more information about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of strokes, please read our free report Stroke: Causes, Diagnosis & Medical Errors.
  • Make Lifestyle Changes and Treat Medical Conditions: it is important to quit smoking and to seek treatment for high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease – all of which can increase the probability of a stroke.
  • Get Prompt Treatment for Stroke Symptoms: symptoms of an impending stroke can begin days, or even weeks, before a stroke occurs.  It is important to treat stroke symptoms seriously, even if they seem temporary, and to get prompt medical attention.

If your stroke was not preventable and you did not get proper medical treatment for your stroke, or if your doctor failed to provide proper medical care for a condition that led to your stroke, I encourage you to call an Atlanta and Alpharetta medical malpractice attorney at The Dover Law Firm for a free consultation about your rights.  We can be reached at 770.518.1133 or via our online contact form.

*Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: Brain Basics: Preventing Stroke.
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