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Get the Facts About Stroke
Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Efrain Salgado, MD

  • Neurologist
  • Director, Stroke Center
  • Cleveland Clinic Florida

Each year, more than half a million Americans suffer from strokes; stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious long-term disability, according to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. A stroke, or “brain attack,” occurs when the blood supply is cut off from part of the brain. When this happens, the blood-deprived brain loses its supply of oxygen and nutrients. When the brain is deprived of blood for even a few minutes, it begins to die. Hence, the chances for survival and recovery improve when treatment begins within the first few hours of stroke warning signs.

Many factors increase the risk for stroke. Some factors can be controlled; others cannot. If you have been diagnosed as being at risk for a stroke, a stroke neurologist can help determine your best course of treatment. If you have suffered a stroke, there are advanced diagnostic examinations to detect abnormalities in the circulation of blood through the brain. This aids in assessing why a patient has suffered a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA ) and helps determine the best therapies.

Take this opportunity to learn more about stroke prevention, warning signs, and treatment options and have your questions answered by Dr. Efrain Salgado, Cleveland Clinic Florida Director Stroke Center.

Efrain D Salgado, MD, is Director of the Cleveland Clinic Florida Stroke Center and Neurosonology Laboratory and Director of the Neurology Residency Training Program at Cleveland Clinic Florida. His specialty interests include cerebrovascular diseases (stroke), multiple sclerosis, headache and neuromuscular disease. He is board-certified in Neurology and Vascular Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

The Cleveland Clinic Cerebrovascular Center is a certified Primary Stroke Center. Our highly trained, diverse team of board-certified specialists and sub-specialists collaborates to provide comprehensive care for stroke patients. Cleveland Clinic has one of the highest stroke-related patient volumes in North America, with more than 3,200 visits annually. High patient volumes allow our specialists to have vast experience with stroke patients, which results in a team solely dedicated to the comprehensive care and management of strokes.

To make an appointment with Dr. Efrain Salgado at Cleveland Clinic Florida, please call 877.463.2010.

To make an appointment with a neurologist at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, please call 866.588.2264.

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