Each year almost 800,000 Americans have a new or recurrent stroke. In fact, stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability in the United States and the number four cause of death. A stroke occurs when blood flow to a particular area of the brain is disrupted resulting in injury to the brain tissue as it is deprived of oxygen. When brain cells in the affected area are injured or die, the functions that these brain cells are responsible for can be impaired or lost.
At Long Island Neurology Consultants, we skillfully treat individuals who are at risk for or have suffered a stroke. Signs and symptoms of stroke include, but are not limited to, weakness, vision loss, numbness/tingling, gait disturbance, confusion, slurred speech, inability to speak properly or understand language, difficulty with swallowing and poor coordination/balance.
A TIA (transient ischemic attack) can produce similar symptoms as a stroke, but these will typically resolve within 24 hours as blood flow is blocked for a shorter amount of time. Approximately 15 percent of strokes occur after a person has initially had a TIA.
Patients with symptoms of an acute stroke or TIA require immediate, emergent care and should call 911 or go to their nearest hospital as some treatments for stroke including a clot-dissolving drug called tPA can only be used if patients are evaluated within a narrow time frame.
If you or someone you care about may be at risk for, or have already had a stroke, request an appointment with one of our board-certified physicians.