Neurological services available at St. Peter's include treatment and rehabilitation for patients who suffer strokes, seizures, epilepsy and other diseases of the brain, nerves, spinal cord and muscles. Our neurologists and neurosurgeons also treat headaches, dementia (including Alzheimer's disease), multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson's disease, carpal tunnel syndrome, migraines and chronic pain. Because of its comprehensive stroke program, St. Peter's has been named by the NYS Department of Health as a Designated Stroke Center.
Similar to a heart attack, a stroke (or "brain attack") occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. This interruption of blood flow deprives the brain cells of oxygen and glucose, and they die. As a result, all body functions controlled by the affected area of the brain are impaired.
Stroke is the leading cause of disability among adults in New York State and the third leading cause of death in the United States. However, strokes can be prevented, and, if a stroke occurs, fast and effective treatment can minimize the damage.
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