Stroke Diagnosis Specialist

Westchester Neurological Consultants

Neurological Consultants located in Yonkers, NY

Every year, around 795,000 Americans suffer a stroke, and your risk of stroke doubles each decade after reaching age 55. If you or a family member suffered a stroke, Emad Soliman, MD, MSc, is a skilled neurologist at Westchester Neurological Consultants in Yonkers, New York, who specializes in diagnosing the cause of your stroke so you can prevent another one from occurring in the future. Call his office today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

Stroke Diagnosis Q & A

What happens during a stroke?

When blood flow to part of your brain is interrupted as a result of a broken or blocked blood vessel, you can suffer a stroke. Strokes can be hemorrhagic, in which a blood vessel in your brain ruptures and blood leaks into your brain, or ischemic, in which a blood clot or severely narrowed arteries prevent blood from flowing to your brain. Hemorrhagic strokes are much more common than ischemic strokes.

When your brain cells don’t receive enough oxygen during a stroke, they can die in a matter of minutes and you may be left with brain damage.

Who is at risk for stroke?

Your risk for stroke increases as you age and other factors contribute to the potential of having one as well, including:

  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Heavy drinking
  • Recreational drug use
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Sleep apnea

Your family history or personal health history may also increase your risk of stroke.

What are the symptoms of a stroke?

Strokes come on suddenly and require immediate medical attention. To recognize the signs of a stroke in yourself or a family member, pay attention to the following symptoms:

  • Sudden confusion or trouble speaking
  • Severe, sudden headache
  • Dizziness or balance loss
  • Difficulty walking
  • Sudden inability to see out of one or both eyes

You may also experience facial drooping or arm weakness at the onset of a stroke. To determine a stroke, think “FAST” and do the following:

  • Face: is one side of the face drooping?
  • Arms: is there arm weakness?
  • Speech: is speech slurred or incomprehensible?
  • Time: act immediately and call 911 for help

If you or someone you love is having a stroke, seek immediate medical attention, as prompt treatment is essential at preventing or minimizing further health complications.

What tests assist with stroke diagnosis?

Diagnostic testing that examines your brain and how the blood supply flows can help determine if you’ve had a stroke, and if so its severity. Most stroke diagnostic tests are safe and painless. Dr. Soliman may conduct image tests, electrical tests, and blood flow tests to get a complete picture of your brain health using diagnostics such as:

  • Computed tomography (CT) scan of your head
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of your head
  • Carotid ultrasound or Doppler ultrasound
  • Cerebral angiography to measure blood flow and any areas of blockage
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)
  • Blood tests
  • Echocardiogram

The information Dr. Soliman gathers from the diagnostic procedures provides a comprehensive assessment of what happened during your stroke and how to best prevent another one from occurring when you least expect it.

To learn more about stroke diagnosis and prevention, call Westchester Neurological Consultants or schedule an appointment online today.