A stroke occurs every 40 seconds in the United States alone. Although common, a stroke is a medical emergency that requires prompt treatment. At Carolina Neurology Center, PLLC, in Hendersonville, North Carolina, board-certified neurologist Aneeta Gupta, MD, DM, works with people of all ages to treat strokes and their debilitating effects. To schedule your appointment, call the office or book online today.
A stroke is a life-threatening medical problem that reduces or prevents adequate blood flow from reaching your brain. Without access to oxygen and nutrients, your brain cells die.
If you or a loved one experiences a stroke, it’s crucial to call 911 or visit your nearest emergency room right away. Receiving medical care as soon as possible can reduce brain damage and lower your risk of other serious complications.
A stroke comes on suddenly, with little warning. Typical signs of a stroke include:
You might also find it difficult to stand up, walk around, or keep your balance.
If you suspect you’re having a stroke, it’s vital to follow the FAST protocol. FAST is an acronym used to spot the signs of a stroke. It stands for Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, and Time to call emergency services.
The longer a stroke lasts, the greater the risk of permanent neurological damage. The FAST protocol enhances responsiveness when every second counts.
The effects of a stroke depend on how long your brain lacked blood flow and the part of your brain affected. Some people experience paralysis, difficulty speaking, and memory loss. Others experience neurological problems like depression, chronic pain, or trouble performing routine tasks like bathing, preparing meals, or doing daily chores.
The treatment for a stroke depends on the type of stroke you experience and the severity of its effects. If you have an ischemic stroke, Dr. Gupta might recommend emergency IV medications or medications delivered directly to your brain. You might also need to undergo a surgical procedure such as carotid endarterectomy or angioplasty and stents.
During a carotid endarterectomy, Dr. Gupta removes plaque buildup that’s blocking a carotid artery. This process lowers your risk of having another stroke in the future. An angioplasty involves Dr. Gupta threading a catheter through an incision in your groin to your carotid arteries. Once placed, she inflates a medical-grade balloon that expands your damaged artery, promoting blood flow. Afterward, she places a stent, a tiny medical device that supports the opened artery.
To schedule an appointment for a stroke at Carolina Neurology Center, PLLC, call the office or book a consultation online today.