Exceptional Stroke Treatment with Dr. Nakaji

A stroke, or "brain attack", is a cerebrovascular event that occurs when blood flow to a part of the brain is partially cut off or completely blocked. When an area of the brain does not receive necessary blood flow, it can become permanently damaged and affect abilities such as memory and muscle control, leaving victims feeling hopeless. Recent advancement in medicine and surgical procedures has allowed renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Peter Nakaji to help treat survivors at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ. He has provided exceptional stroke treatment by educating patients to prevent stroke, implementing solutions to reduce the long-term effects, and even saving their lives through surgical treatment. 

What is a Stroke? 

There are two types of strokes, ischemic and hemorrhagic. Ischemic strokes are caused when clots or plaque (fatty deposits and cholesterol) form within the blood vessels, limiting blood flow. This type of stroke accounts for the majority of incidents. Hemorrhagic strokes occur when a blood vessel within the brain ruptures causing blood to flood the braintissue. These brain attacks are often the result of high blood pressure or aneurysms. 

Graphic depicting signs of stroke

Warning Signs & Symptoms 

The majority of strokes are preventable, and your doctor may be able to detect issues during regular check-ups. While some patients experience no warning signs, many experience temporary stroke symptoms, also known as transient ischemic attacks (TIA). Common symptoms of a stroke are face drooping, arm weakness, and speech difficulties. Any of these symptoms may indicate that an incident may happen in the near future. Those who suffer from frequent TIAs may suffer from Moyamoya disease which is caused by narrowing arteries. Dr. Nakaji can evaluate your symptom frequency and conditions to provide accurate diagnosis and treatment. 

Effects of a Stroke 

Without oxygen and glucose, brain cells cannot survive, leading to permanent brain damage. The effects of a stroke are dependent upon the area of the brain and amount of tissue affected. Resulting damage can lead to physical, emotional, and cognitive limitations such as: 

  • Numbness and stiffness
  • Fatigue
  • Problems with reasoning and judgement 
  • Muscle weakness
  • Seizures and epilepsy
  • Depression
  • Memory loss
  • Pseudobulbar affect (PBA) 
  • Speech and language related difficulties 

Strokes occurring in one side of the brain can cause disabilities, such as paralysis, to the side of the body controlled by this areas of the brain. An attack on the right side of the brain can lead to vision problems and quick, inquisitive behavior. An attack on the left side of the brain can lead to speech and language problems and slow, cautious behavior. 

Treatment Options 

If you have suffered a stroke, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. As a world class neurosurgeon, Dr. Nakaji can provide exceptional surgical care to treat both ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes.

To successfully treat ischemic strokes, Dr, Nakaji must remove the blood clot or blockage or complete a cerebral artery bypass to restore healthy blood flow. Alteplase IV r-tPA is an FDA-approved medication that can be administered intravenously to dissolve the blockage and allow proper blood flow to resume. This medication must be provided within a few hours of a stroke and is only effective in certain cases. If this medication cannot remove the blockage, you may require a bypass.

Stroke prevention, treatment, and recovery with Dr. Nakaji combines advanced technology, extensive surgical experience, and personalized care that can allow you to move forward with your life. 

For patients who have suffered a hemorrhagic stroke, Dr. Nakaji can perform a number of procedures depending on your condition. Endovascular coiling surgery can induce blood clotting and seal off an aneurysm or abnormal tangles of blood vessels (AVMs) with a coil. Similarly, aneurysm clipping may be an option for some patients as it can stop the rupture. Craniotomy or keyhole brain surgery may also be performed to treat AVMs. Dr. Nakaji's vast experience and use of advanced technology allow him to safely and effectively complete these procedures to treat your condition. 

Surviving Stroke with Dr. Nakaji's Help 

Stroke prevention, treatment, and recovery with Dr. Nakaji combines advanced technology, extensive surgical experience, and personalized care that can allow you to move forward with your life. If you have suffered a stroke or feel you are at risk, contact us online or call (602) 406-4808.

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