Yaz side effects involving a stroke are caused by blood clots (also called thrombi). If you have suffered from blood clots or gallbladder removal please contact us for the latest Yaz lawsuit status and update. They arrive in the carotid arteries after forming in other areas of your body (e.g. legs, heart, etc.). The clots travel downstream within these arteries and their various branches until they form an obstruction. An obstruction restricts – or completely cuts off – blood flow to the area of the brain supplied by the artery. The result is an ischemic stroke.
Doctors can usually make a preliminary diagnosis of a stroke based on the event’s presentation. Moreover, if symptoms are obvious, your doctor may be able to identify which area of your brain has been affected. Such signs are inadequate for making a conclusive diagnosis, however. Thus, one or more of the following studies are typically performed.
Physical And Neurological Examination
A stroke can result in side effects that are mild or seemingly absent. This is often the case when the event affects functions that are seldom used. Your doctor – or a neurologist – can determine whether you have suffered a stroke by conducting a physical and neurological exam.
During the exam, you’ll be asked to perform several routine tasks, and answer a short series of questions. The purpose is to study how well your brain processes information, and transmits signals to the rest of your body. Your physician will be able to monitor functions related to speech and memory, as well as test your reflexes, balance, and coordination.
Blood Tests For Studying Coagulation Factors
Blood tests can be done to determine why stroke caused by Yaz side effects has occurred. Specifically, your physician will want to know whether you suffer from an existing clotting disorder. If your medical history shows no evidence of such a disorder, the level of coagulation factors in your blood may provide insight.
Common blood tests include a complete blood count (CBC), and testing for deficiencies in proteins C and S, both of which prevent clotting. Your doctor may also perform a partial thromboplastin time (PTT) test, and examine the level of homocysteine in your blood.
CT Scanning To Rule Out Non-Stroke Disorders
A computed tomography (CT) scan is typically done early to identify whether your stroke is ischemic or hemorrhagic. This test can also help your physician identify other abnormalities, including brain tumors and abscesses. For this reason, it is a valuable diagnostic study for ruling out conditions that are unrelated to stroke. It is quick, widely available in most hospitals, and unless a contrast dye is used, noninvasive.
Imaging Tests To Detect Carotid Arterial Blockages
While CT scanning can rule out non-stroke disorders, additional imaging studies can prove useful for narrowing the cause to blockages within the carotid arteries. One such test is a Transcranial Doppler ultrasound. It measures the rate of blood flow through the arteries of the brain and their branches. Areas where blood flow stops indicate an obstruction; areas where the velocity is greater than normal suggest narrowing.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can also be performed to identify occluded blood vessels in the brain. This test produces images that are much clearer than those produced by CT scanning. It can reveal blockages within minutes of the first symptoms.
Cerebral Angiography To Locate Clots
Once diagnosis of a stroke has been confirmed by performing the above tests, the location of the obstructing blood clots must be identified. While CT scans and MRIs provide useful information about the site of a blockage, its precise position might remain unknown. Here, a cerebral angiogram is invaluable.
A special contrast dye is introduced via catheter directly into the occluded carotid artery. This dye displays clearly on x-rays. Your doctor can examine the x-ray images to locate clots and other abnormalities, and ultimately, decide on an appropriate form of treatment.
Yaz Lawsuit News
Yaz and stroke can result in lasting impairments – both physical and cognitive. Most stroke survivors require rehabilitation following the event in order to regain lost functions. If you have suffered from abnormal blood clots, stroke, or other serious Ocella, Yasmin or Yaz side effects, you may be able to file a claim for compensation for your injuries. Contact a Yaz lawsuit settlements attorney to discuss your options. We are currently continuing to file cases for women throughout the United States and the first lawsuits are set to go to trial in 2012.
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