Strokes are the third-leading cause of death in America, and even when fatality is not the outcome, a person can be left with lifelong disabilities such as speech problems and paralysis. There are medications available that greatly reduce the likelihood of a stroke causing permanent damage when administered within the first few hours of the onset of symptoms. Some Missouri patients may discover, however, that doctors do not always recognize a stroke when they see it.
When medical staff fail to note the signs of a stroke and misdiagnose the patient's ailment, this may result in delayed treatment. The U.S. Government has only approved of one drug to be used to treat acute stroke, and it must be administered within three hours of the onset of symptoms. Serious damage may be sustained by a person if they are not accurately and quickly diagnosed.