Neurology in Reno, Nevada
Neurology – Treating the Nervous System
If you are suffering from a condition or disease affecting the nervous system, Sierra Medical Center can help. Our neurology team can evaluate your condition and provide ongoing care for neurologic disease. They specialize in the nervous system, which includes nerves (autonomic, cranial and peripheral), the brain, spinal cord and muscles. Neurologists treat conditions including stroke, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and neuropathy.
If blood flow to the brain is blocked or stopped, a stroke can occur. Brain cells begin to die within a few minutes of a stroke. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a major cause of disability in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s why prevention is so important.
Sierra Medical Center Neurology offers stroke screenings and education. We participate in community events to help raise awareness of risk factors and warning signs so people can be proactive with their health.
Our nurses receive specialized training in caring for stroke patients. Stroke education begins immediately upon admission for patients and caregivers. Extensive educational materials are also provided for patients to take home when they are discharged.
Stroke Types and Symptoms
There are two kinds of stroke: ischemic and hemorrhagic. An ischemic stroke is the most common type. It occurs when a blood vessel in the brain is blocked by a clot. When a blood vessel bursts and bleeds into the brain, a hemorrhagic stroke has occurred.
Possible stroke symptoms include:
- Drooping of the face to one side
- Numbness or weakness of the arm or leg
- Slurred speech or difficulty understanding speech
- Blurred vision of difficulty seeing
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Severe headache with no known cause
Call 9-1-1 or go to an emergency room immediately if you or a loved one experience these symptoms.
Use this screening tool to help identify if someone is having a stroke.
B = BALANCE
Is the person dizzy or having difficulty walking?
E = EYES
Are they having trouble seeing? Blurry or double vision?
F = FACE
Does one side of their face droop when they smile? Is their smile uneven?
A = ARMS
Are they unable to hold up their arms? Does one drift downward?
S = SPEECH
Ask them to say something simple. Is their speech slurred or strange? Can you understand them?
T = TIME
If these signs are present, every second counts. Call 9-1-1 immediately.
The best ways to prevent a stroke from occurring are to:
- Stop smoking
- Exercise regularly
- Control your blood pressure
- Limit your alcohol intake
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Manage your cholesterol
If you need a referral to a physician at Northern Nevada Sierra Medical Center, call our free physician referral service at 775-356-6662.