Stroke / Neuro-Interventional Vascular Neurology

What is a Stroke? Photo of the Vascular and Interventional Neurology Team - (L to R) - Dr. Hussain, Dr. Razak, Erin Shell (nurse Clinician), Dr. Safdar, And Dr. Yassin-Kassab

A stroke is caused by sudden loss of blood supply to a part of the brain (also called ischemia). In some cases, stroke is caused by bleeding into brain tissue (also called hemorrhage). Stroke can cause significant change in a person's ability to live a normal life. It can lead to paralysis, loss of speech, memory difficulties, vision problems, diminished reasoning and sometimes even death.

Stroke affects 750,000 Americans each year, including 150,000 deaths and is the leading cause of adult disability.

What are the Symptoms of a Stroke?

  • Sudden weakness/numbness of the face, arm, or leg, usually on one side of the body

  • Sudden dimness or loss of vision, particularly in one eye

  • Loss of speech, or trouble talking or understanding speech

  • Sudden severe headache

  • Sudden episodes of unexplained dizziness or unsteadiness

When a stroke takes place, there is a brief window of opportunity in which to save injured brain and reduce disability. To minimize disability, it is critical that stroke victims are evaluated and treated quickly. It is critical that you call 911 immediately if you or anyone you know is experiencing stroke symptoms.

Why should I choose MSU and Sparrow Health System?

MSU and Sparrow Health System has responded to this challenge with a multidisciplinary team of stroke experts which includes vascular and neuro-interventional physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals who provide 24-hour rapid response. Stroke care starts in the Emergency Department and continues through inpatient hospitalization and rehabilitation. Intensive care units, neuroradiology, vascular studies labs and rehabilitation ensure the highest standard of care and the most accurate diagnostic techniques.

Our comprehensive stroke care extends beyond hospitalization. We provide stroke prevention, extended rehabilitation and lifelong follow-up care in our stroke clinics. Our experts are fully trained in cutting edge treatment modalities such as acute stroke surgical revascularization, aneurysm and arteriovenous malformation coiling and embolizations, carotid artery angioplasty and stenting, among other neuro-interventional technigues. We also participate in multiple national and international stroke research trials focusing on acute stroke treatment, prevention, and recovery. To find out more about our stroke team members and the services we provide or to download our services pamphlet click here.

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