Strokes are the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States, affecting nearly 800,000 people each year. At Michigan Neurology Associates & PC, with offices serving the Metro Detroit area in Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, Utica, and Westland, Michigan, the experienced team of neurologists diagnoses and treats stroke-related complications and symptoms. Using the latest diagnostics, including CT scans and MRIs, the board-certified physicians design a treatment plan to address your specific needs and prevent another stroke. Schedule an appointment online or by phone today to learn more about managing life after a stroke.
A stroke occurs when the blood flow to any part of your brain is cut off, resulting in the death of brain cells. The cells of your brain are responsible for controlling parts of your body, such as muscle coordination and memory, and when they die, your brain can no longer control these functionalities.
The three main types of stroke that occur include:
Ischemic stroke occurs when a blood clot obstructs the blood vessels that carry blood to the brain, often due to high blood pressure (hypertension).
A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain leaks or bursts, allowing blood to flow into the brain. This type of stroke is less common but causes swelling and pressure in the brain, which can prove fatal.
TIA is a condition that occurs when blood flow to the brain stops for a short period of time, causing mild, stroke-like symptoms. TIA may indicate an increased risk of stroke in the future.
Depending on where the stroke occurs in your brain, you can experience mild to debilitating symptoms. Sudden symptoms that may indicate you’re having a stroke include:
If you experience these symptoms or notice them in others, it’s important to seek immediate medical help.
Imaging tests allow your physician a closer look at your brain to confirm or rule out a stroke. These tests may include:
In emergency stroke situations, the goal of treatment is to improve blood flow to your brain using medications to destroy blood clots.
In some cases, surgical procedures may be necessary to remove plaque and other obstructions that are interfering with blood flow to the brain. You may also need surgery to place a stent in your artery to open narrowed pathways and increase blood circulation.
Following your immediate treatment, you may also need rehabilitative care to restore function lost during the stroke. This type of care may involve:
Recovery from a stroke is a unique process, and the medical team at Michigan Neurology Associates & PC is with you every step of the way as you regain functionality and mobility. Learn more about available diagnostic testing and treatment for a stroke by scheduling a consultation online or by phone today.