It’s the third leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of long-term disability.(*1) What medical emergency could possibly be responsible for such destruction? It is the notorious Stroke. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, a stroke is defined as “a sudden interruption in the blood supply of the brain. Most strokes are caused by an abrupt blockage of arteries leading to the brain (ischemic stroke). With other strokes being caused by bleeding into brain tissue when a blood vessel bursts (hemorrhagic stroke).”(*2) Symptoms of a stroke may include; difficulty walking, speaking, and understanding, as well as paralysis or numbness of the face, arm, or leg.
Treatments for stroke vary. TPA, a clot-buster, can minimize brain damage when given early on. Other treatments focus on limiting complications and preventing additional strokes. At Dr. Allan Spiegel’s office, you will find a cutting-edge neurology practice, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), Physical Therapy, and Cognitive Rehabilitation. All of these resources have been proven as extremely efficacious treatments for stroke patients.