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Treating Mini-Strokes Could Help Reduce Future Risk

An estimated 140,000 Americans die as the result of stroke each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the industrialized world, strokes are a leading killer, causing 1 in every 20 deaths in the United States alone. In fact, data tells us that every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke, and every 4 minutes someone dies from a stroke.

Medical professionals throughout the world have worked to find ways to prevent and treat strokes, and though many methods have failed, new research shows a new promising option. Recent studies have proven that the treatment of mini-strokes could significantly reduce patients’ chances of having a more serious stroke in the near future.

The Data

Research conducted by British and French doctors found that patients who were treated for mini-stroke within 24 hours were 80% less likely to have a serious stroke in the following 3 months. As it currently stands, mini-strokes are rarely treated as medical emergencies, and some patients do not receive treatment for days or even a week afterward.

New Research Could Prevent Strokes

Dr. Peter Rothwell of Oxford University, the lead author of one of the breakthrough medical studies, explains that mini-strokes should now be treated as the medical emergencies they are. His study examined roughly 600 patients who had suffered mini-strokes, all of which received standard medical care following their stroke. However, those who were treated within a day only had a 2% chance of having a major stroke in the near future, whereas those treated later faced a 10% chance.

What Can You Do?

All strokes can be deadly, even mini-strokes, and such medical emergencies should never be treated likely by your doctor or hospital. If you or someone you love suffered a stroke and received delayed or inadequate treatment, our medical malpractice attorneys may be able to help.

Contact The Law Offices of Dr. Michael M. Wilson, M.D., J.D. & Associates for a free consultation.

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