Stroke Prevention Center

The Stroke Prevention Center at the Vascular Institute of New York was developed to provide proactive diagnosis and preventative treatments for patients at risk for stroke, and to provide comprehensive care, rehabilitation and education to patients who have already suffered a stroke.

Our specialty-trained physicians, nurses and allied medical staff, along with the latest technologies in diagnostic procedures, allow for a streamlined continuum of care conveniently located in the outpatient setting.

Stroke

A stroke occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is interrupted.  In the United States, stroke is the No.1 cause of chronic adult disability and affects 750,000 people annually in all age groups. 

Identifying risk factors and other warning signs such as TIAs can reduce stroke risk.   
Diagnostic evaluation can include:

  • Physician consultation
  • MRI/MRA of the brain
  • MRA carotids, Circle of Willis
  • Echocardiogram, EKG, blood tests
  • High-resolution MRI to speed diagnosis and treatment
  • Individualized stroke prevention plans that may include newer medications and lifestyle changes
  • Coordinated services for rehabilitation, education and patient support programs

Transient Ischemic Attacks - A Warning Sign Of Stroke

Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIA's or mini-strokes), are brief episodes of stroke symptoms that typically last less than 24 hours. Generally, no permanent loss of abilities is noticed after a TIA.  In the United States, an estimated 300,000 transient ischemic attacks occur every year. 15% of all stroke patients will have experienced a TIA prior to the stroke. Studies show that more than 25% of TIA patients will have a stroke or other adverse event. 10-15% will return to the emergency department with a stroke within 90 days, and half of these occur within 3 days.

Symptoms of TIA may include:

  • Numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg (especially on one side of the body)
  • Sudden lack of coordination
  • Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Vision disturbance in one or both eyes
  • Trouble walking or sudden dizziness
  • Severe headache with no known cause
  • Unexplained nausea or vomiting

If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact The Vascular Institute of New York for evaluation or go to the emergency room. There is hope when preventative medical treatments and lifestyle changes are made that can significantly reduce the risk of future strokes.

 



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