Midwest Neurology Associates, P.C.

Neurologist and Pain Management Specialist located in Dyer, IN

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the US and one of the leading causes of disability. At Midwest Neurology Associates, P.C., in Dyer, Indiana, the board-certified neurology physicians provide treatment to assist in the recovery after a stroke to improve your quality of life. For an evaluation, call the office to schedule an appointment.

Stroke Q & A

What is a stroke?

A stroke is a serious health condition that deprives the brain of oxygen-rich blood due to a blocked or ruptured blood vessel. Without oxygen and nutrients, brain cells die within minutes.

A stroke is an immediate medical emergency. If you suspect you or someone you love is having a stroke, call 911, or go to your nearest emergency room.

What are the types of stroke?

A stroke is classified into types based on how the blood vessels are affected. The types of strokes include:

Ischemic stroke

An ischemic stroke occurs when an artery to the brain becomes blocked or severely narrowed. About 80% of strokes are ischemic strokes.

Hemorrhagic stroke

With a hemorrhagic stroke, a blood vessel in your brain ruptures or leaks. You may be at risk of this type of stroke if you have uncontrolled hypertension or an aneurysm. Taking excess doses of anticoagulant medication may also increase your risk of this type of stroke.

Transient ischemic attack (TIA)

TIA, also referred to as a mini-stroke, occurs from a temporary loss of blood supply to the brain, usually no longer than five minutes. Blood clots are the most common cause of a TIA.

No matter the type, immediate medical care is needed if a stroke is suspected.

What are the health effects of a stroke?

Lack of oxygen to your brain for any great length of time may lead to brain damage that can affect many body functions. The health effects of your stroke may depend on the area of your brain affected and the extent of the damage.

Some of the health effects you may experience include:

  • Loss of gross motor function
  • Loss of fine motor function
  • Inability to communicate
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Emotional turmoil
  • Pain

The functional changes you experience may be temporary or permanent.

What are the treatments for a stroke?

The team at Midwest Neurology Associates creates individualized treatment plans based on the health effects of your stroke, your overall health, and your functional goals. Treatment usually includes a team of medical specialists focused on helping you regain most, if not all, of your independence. Your rehabilitation plan may include:

  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Counselor
  • Dietitian

The team at Midwest Neurology Associates also provides medical care to manage your symptoms to support recovery.
For management of your stroke rehabilitation from a team of experts, contact Midwest Neurology Associates, to book an appointment online today.