Wednesday, June 19, 2013
In speaking to my husband`s doctor, he used the word "catastrophic" to describe his stroke. I didn`t have the presence of mind to ask him what he meant. I`m assuming it refers to the level of severity. Am I right? Where on the scale of severity does it come? What does it it imply?
Yes, I would interpret catastrophic to be a reference to the severity, especially with regard to how disabling the stroke was. It has no other specific meaning to me as an expert in stroke.
Brett Kissela, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Director, Neurology Residency Program
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati