Stroke

Brain & Spine Specialists

Neurologists & Neurosurgeons located in Panama City, FL

Each year, just under 800,000 people suffer strokes, the fifth leading cause of death in the United States today. If you get prompt medical care and follow-up treatment, your chances of survival are high, and the neurologists at Brain & Spine Specialists have the expertise to help you recover and improve your health. Call the Panama City, Florida, location that’s most convenient for you, or schedule a consultation online today.

Stroke Q&A

What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when a blood clot or other obstruction severely limits or blocks the blood supply to your brain. When your brain doesn’t receive enough blood, it’s deprived of the essential oxygen and other nutrients that enable healthy function. Without oxygen, brain cells begin to die within minutes. If you or someone near you show signs of a stroke, it’s critical to get immediate, emergency medical care.  

What are the symptoms of a stroke?

The acronym FAST identifies the primary symptoms of a stroke.

  • Face drooping
  • Arm weakness
  • Speech difficulty
  • Time to call 911

In addition to these symptoms, you may develop a sudden, severe headache, dizziness, and altered consciousness. You may notice a visual disturbance such as blurred or blackened vision in one or both of your eyes. Losing balance or coordination is another sign of a stroke.

What causes a stroke?

Around 80% of strokes are ischemic, which occur when the blood vessels leading to your brain are narrowed or blocked by a clot or a fatty plaque that builds up in your blood vessels. The clot may originate in your brain, or it may travel from elsewhere in your body and get lodged in the small arteries of your brain.

A hemorrhagic stroke is when a blood vessel in your brain bursts and blood spreads through your brain tissue, damaging your cells. Hemorrhagic strokes are usually related to high blood pressure, excessive blood thinner use, or aneurysms — weak spots — in your blood vessel walls.

The risk factors for stroke include a family history of stroke or heart disease, being overweight, using tobacco products, and having high blood pressure.

How is stroke treated?

If you have a stroke, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room immediately. If you’ve had a stroke, the expert neurologists at Brain & Spine Specialists provide treatments to help you recover from your stroke and reduce your risk of future stroke. In addition to procedures to improve your circulatory and brain health, they also offer rehabilitation services to help you rebuild any skills affected by your stroke.

It’s estimated that 80% of strokes can be prevented. Your doctor can prescribe treatments and medicines as well as help you make lifestyle changes to improve your health and reduce your risk of future stroke.

Call Brain & Spine Specialists or schedule a consultation online today for stroke rehabilitation.