A stroke, or “brain attack,” occurs when a blood vessel in the brain becomes blocked or bursts. The brain cannot store oxygen, so it relies on a network of blood vessels to provide it with blood that is rich in oxygen. A stroke results in a lack of blood supply, causing surrounding nerve cells to be cut off from their supply of nutrients and oxygen. When tissue is cut off from its supply of oxygen for more than three to four minutes, it begins to die.
In the United States a person experiences a stroke occurs every 40 seconds. Every 4 minutes someone dies of a stroke. Stroke is a leading cause of disability and is extremely costly with hospitalization, medication and loss of productivity. It is important to understand the cause and risk factors associated with stroke, stroke symptoms and what actions you should take if you suspect a stroke. What happens next and what treatment options are available? Take advantage of this opportunity to chat live with stroke specialist Dr. Abeer Farrag about stroke risk and treatment options available.
The Cerebrovascular Center at Cleveland Clinic’s Neurological Institute integrates a multidisciplinary team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, neurointensivists and rehabilitation specialists who provide expert diagnosis and medical, endovascular, and surgical management of all cerebrovascular conditions. Cleveland Clinic is a designated Primary Stroke Center.
A Primary Stroke Center is usually housed in a hospital where a group of medical professionals who specialize in stroke work together to diagnose, treat, and provide early rehabilitation to stroke patients. The Joint Commission’s Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. The Cleveland Clinic Primary Stroke Center provides services that have critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes. We provide quality care and effectively manage the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients.
Abeer Farrag, MD practiced stroke medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic, and Medical Center Hospital of Vermont. She then returned to her home country to start one of the first stroke treatment centers. Currently Dr. Farrag is staff at Cleveland Clinic’s nationally renowned Cerebrovascular Center.
To make an appointment with Dr. Farrag, or any of the other stroke specialists in the Cerebrovascular Center at Cleveland Clinic, please call 216.636.5860 or call toll-free at 866.588.2264. You can also visit us online at clevelandclinic.org/cerebrovascular.
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