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Acute & Chronic Stroke Specialist

Memphis Neurology

Neurology Specialists located in Germantown, TN & Southaven, MS

About 795,000 American adults have a stroke every year, making it a leading cause of death and disability in the United States. Board-certified physician Shiva Natarajan, MD, and the team at Memphis Neurology offer quality care for acute and chronic strokes at two easily accessible locations in Germantown, Tennessee, and Southaven, Mississippi. If you or a loved one suffers from acute or chronic stroke symptoms, call your nearest office or book an appointment online today.

Acute & Chronic Stroke Q&A

What is a stroke?

A stroke happens when something reduces or blocks the blood supply to your brain. When this occurs, brain cells don’t get the oxygen and nutrients they need to survive. Brain cells begin to die within minutes after losing their blood supply, which can lead to long-term disability and even death. 

The caring team at Memphis Neurology treats sudden, acute strokes as well as chronic stroke symptoms that persist for months or years after the blockage occurred. 

What are the different types of stroke?

The three main types of stroke are:

Ischemic stroke

An ischemic stroke is the most common type, accounting for about 87% of all strokes. This occurs when there’s a blockage — usually a blood clot — in the artery that provides oxygen-rich blood to your brain.

Hemorrhagic stroke

A hemorrhagic stroke happens when a blood vessel in your brain breaks open or leaks blood. This may result from a variety of conditions, including aneurysms, high blood pressure, or a traumatic injury.  

Transient ischemic attack

Also called a ministroke, a transient ischemic attack (TIA) is a temporary period of stroke symptoms that doesn’t cause permanent brain damage. A TIA requires emergency medical care, just like a major stroke. 

What are the signs and symptoms of a stroke?

Knowing the warning signs of a stroke may help save your life or someone else’s. Signs and symptoms of a stroke include:

  • Sudden, severe headache
  • Difficulty walking or balancing
  • Vision problems in one or both eyes
  • Paralysis or numbness in the face, arm, or leg
  • Trouble speaking and understanding what others are saying

Call 911 or your local emergency number right away if you or someone close to you is experiencing signs of a stroke. 

How are strokes diagnosed and treated?

Most of the time, emergency room physicians diagnose and treat strokes at the hospital. After you’re in stable condition, the expert team at Memphis Neurology develops an individualized plan to help you recover. 

They perform a complete neurological exam, including any brain imaging tests like CT scans, and review your medical history. Then, they discuss your specific condition and the best approach to treatment and recovery. 

A stroke can cause short-term (acute) problems as well as long-term (chronic) disability. Memphis Neurology offers a holistic approach to stroke treatment.

Depending on your needs, this may include medication, therapy, or a combination of both. You may need various forms of therapy, including physical and occupational therapy, during your recovery. 

For compassionate care of acute and chronic stroke symptoms, call Memphis Neurology or book an appointment online today.