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Warning Signs of Stroke

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, stroke is the leading cause of death in the United States, as well as a leading cause of serious, long-term disability.  Every year, there are a reported 600,000 strokes in the United States. Most people associate strokes with the aging population, but did you know that the oral contraceptives, Yaz and Yasmin, could cause stroke regardless of your age?

Stroke is sometimes referred to as “brain attack,” because it disrupts the blood flow to the brain.  When blood flow is interrupted, the brain cells do not get much-needed oxygen, which will cause the brain cells to die. 

The majority of strokes are caused by blood clots that block blood vessels or arteries in the brain.  This type of stroke is known as ischemic and accounts for nearly 80 percent of all strokes.  The other kind of stroke is known as hemorrahagic stroke and is caused by a blood vessel in the brain that breaks and results in bleeding in the brain.

The symptoms of stroke come on suddenly.  Some of the warning signs of stroke include:

  • Numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg
  • Confusion
  • Speech difficulty
  • Vision problems
  • Trouble walking
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of balance
  • Severe headache
  • Facial paralysis

It is crucial to get medical attention right away, if stroke is suspected.   The longer the brain is deprived of oxygen, the worse the damage will be.  Depending on the type of stroke, a drug may be administered to dissolve the blood clot. However, there is only a small window of opportunity for treatment.

If you or a loved one has suffered a stroke and has taken Yaz or Yasmin birth control, you need to contact an experienced Northern Kentucky injury lawyer at the law firm of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson of (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297.  Compensation could be available if the stroke was caused by Yaz or Yasmin.


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