Stroke

(This information is only provided for general information purposes, and is not meant to give medical advice)

Manhattan Stroke Care

At Midtown Neurological Center NYC, Dr. Rabinovich works closely with her patients on stroke prevention, and is active in therapy immediately at the onset of stroke and right after, as well as involved in post-stroke rehabilitation.

What Is a Stroke?
A stroke occurs when a blood supply to a part of the brain is suddenly interrupted by a blood clot blocking that vessel, or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts or leaks.  As a result, the part of the body controlled by the damaged area of the brain cannot work properly.

There are two main types of stroke: ischemic and hemorrhagic.  An ischemic stroke is caused by blockage in an artery that supplies blood to that part of the brain, resulting in a deficiency in blood flow to the area (ischemia).  A hemorrhagic stroke is caused by the bleeding of ruptured blood vessels (hemorrhage) in the brain. With stroke victims, time is critical. If you or a loved one is suffering from symptoms of a stroke, you need to get to the emergency department as fast as possible.

The effects of a stroke can range from mild to severe, and be temporary or permanent.  Outcomes depend on size and location of a stroke, patient’s age, additional medical problems they may have, as well as prompt evaluation and care in the emergency department.  Furthermore, outcomes depend on patient’s pre-existing conditions, thus making management of vascular risk factors and stroke prevention especially after a first stroke very important, as patients are at higher risk to have another one.

The statistics on strokes are alarming. Stroke is the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the United States. Approximately 600,000 strokes occur in the United States each year and of these, approximately 150,000 (25%) are fatal.

Stroke prevention is key.

 

What Are The Symptoms Of A Stroke?

 

  • Difficulty with speech or language
  • Weakness or paralysis on one side of the body and face
  • Sudden severe headache
  • Visual field disturbance
  • double vision, nausea and/or vomiting
  • dysbalance, dizziness or vertigo

 

There is also what is known as a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA). A TIA can cause many of the symptoms listed above and act as an important warning sign that a major stroke may occur soon.

How Can You Prevent A Stroke?

  • Keep your blood pressure under tight control. High blood pressure (hypertension) is the single most important risk factor for stroke.
  • Quit smoking. Smokers are at high risk for stroke, besides being at high risk for lung cancer as well
  • Control your diet. Lead a healthy life style while limiting consumption of foods high in fat, cholesterol and salt.  Also limit your alcohol intake
  • Stay at an optimal weight and exercise regularly. Obesity predisposes a person to heart disease and diabetes, both of which increase the risk of stroke.  Regular cardiovascular exercise reduces your risk for both heart attack and stroke.
  • Reduce your stress. Stress can lead to high blood pressure which increases your risk for stroke.

A stroke can change your life instantaneously. At Midtown Neurological Center NYC, Dr. Rabinovich works with you to reduce the risk of stroke and its debilitating and occasionally fatal complications, through primary or secondary stroke prevention.

Patient education is of utmost importance.  There are numerous advances being made in the field of stroke currently, and new therapies, diagnostic tests, and interventional procedures are emerging and being implemented.  Your neurological care results are maximized with you being an active participant in your plan of care and management.