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Conditions from stroke can linger

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who have suffered a stroke can regain a good deal of their independence with proper treatment and therapy.

But the condition might still cause a number of lingering effects that stroke sufferers must contend with. The CDC says social workers can help patients find quality care services and family caregiver support before they leave the hospital, in order to continue their long-term recovery.

Although a burst blood vessel can also cause strokes, about 85 percent of them are classified as “ischemic strokes,” caused by an obstruction to blood flow in the brain such as a blood clot.

Risk factors include a family history of blood clots, smoking, long periods of physical inactivity, pregnancy and use of birth control pills. Although all birth control pills can increase the risk of blood clots, a number of studies indicate that pills with the compound drospirenone can increase that risk up to three times that of other oral contraceptives on the market.

Pills with drospirenone include Yasmin, Yaz, Beyaz and Ocella.

The CDC says stroke patients may continue to experience any of the following:

  • Paralysis on one side of the body.
  • Numbness or strange sensations.
  • Weakness on one side of the body.
  • Difficulties with thinking, awareness, attention, learning, judgment, and memory.
  • Difficulties speaking or understanding speech.
  • Problems controlling or expressing emotions.
  • Pain in the hands and feet, which gets worse with movement and temperature changes.
  • Depression.

Patients should consult their doctors before making any changes in their medication. A consultation with a Beyaz lawyer is also important if there are significant injuries while on Beyaz or similar birth control pills.

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