A stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, happens when there is either not enough blood (ischemic) or too much blood (hemorrhagic) in your brain. In ischemic Stroke Symptoms, the blood supply to your brain is interrupted or reduced. When this happens, brain tissue cannot get the necessary oxygen and nutrients. In hemorrhagic strokes, a vessel is ruptured or bursts, and blood pools in the brain area, compressing brain tissue. Because of these two examples of brain trauma, strokes can lead to brain damage, disability, and even death. 

The difference between recovery from stroke and debilitation or death from stroke often lies in a healthcare provider’s ability to correctly and swiftly identify the signs of stroke. The following are signs of stroke that doctors and other emergency room personnel should be able to identify.


Unfortunately, women who suffer from strokes tend to be dismissed by healthcare professionals. This is because healthcare professionals tend to know only the more classic male-presenting symptoms of stroke and are not properly educated on the signs of strokes in women. Some of the signs of strokes in women include:

Often doctors miss the above stroke signs and misdiagnose women as experiencing menopause or menstrual symptoms.

Time is of the essence in stroke cases. It’s imperative for the healthcare provider to correctly and swiftly identify stroke symptoms so treatment can start immediately. If treatment is delayed, the brain and body damage from the stroke could be permanent or fatal. 

If you or a loved one suffered a stroke and you believe your healthcare providers did not act swiftly in identifying and treating the stroke, contact hospital malpractice lawyers in Philadelphia. Medical malpractice lawyers like the experienced team at VSCP Law can help.