Stroke is a "Brain attack".
It is important to uncover the cause of stroke to prevent future attacks.
Stroke can cause significant disability including paralysis, imbalance, memory loss, problems with speech and swallowing and pain. Our Board Certified Neurologist and Board Certified Chiropractor integrate and customize a treatment plan.
After a Stroke your brain and body require thorough evaluation and rehabilitation. We utilize cutting edge testing and treatment for a comprehensive approach including medication and rehabilitation.
Strokes occur when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted, depriving one or more areas of the brain of vital oxygen supplies. Most often, the disruption to blood flow is caused by a clot that lodges in one of the carotid arteries, major arteries located on either side of the neck that supply blood to the brain or narrowing or blockage in one of these arteries. These are called ischemic strokes, and they account for about 90 percent of all strokes. Less commonly, strokes can occur when blood vessels in the brain rupture and bleed, causing what’s known as a hemorrhagic stroke. Both types of stroke can cause temporary or permanent impairment of functions like speech, cognition or movement, depending on where the stroke occurs, and some strokes are serious enough to cause death.
Like an ischemic stroke, transient ischemic attacks (TIAs, sometimes called “mini-strokes”) occur as a result of arterial blockage. However, TIAs are very brief and appear to resolve on their own - but that doesn’t mean they don’t cause damage. A single TIA is not life-threatening, but they often act as a precursor to a major stroke, and over time, multiple TIAs can cause deterioration in certain areas of the brain, causing both functional and cognitive deficits. It is critical for a full Neurological evaluation to prevent future TIA's and stroke.
The American Heart Association recommends people memorize the acronym F.A.S.T.:
Other symptoms include dizziness, falling to one side, change in vision and severe headache with nausea.
Strokes have been associated with several risk factors, including:
People with any of these risk factors should have a Neurological evaluation to help prevent a future stroke.