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Stroke & Headaches Specialist

eRiver Neurology of NY, LLC

Adult & Pediatric Neurology Specialists located in Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Hudson, and Rhinebeck, NY

Whether you want to prevent a stroke, you need post-stroke care, or you’re searching for relief from ongoing headaches, you can depend on receiving comprehensive care from the exceptional team at eRiver Neurology of NY, LLC. They offer the convenience of on-site diagnostic testing such as EEGs and MRIs, and they create customized treatment plans that target each patient’s unique health care needs. To schedule an appointment, use the online booking system or call one of the offices in Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Hudson, or Rhinebeck, New York.

Stroke & Headaches Q&A

What are the different types of strokes?

There are three types of strokes. A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel ruptures. You have an ischemic stroke when an artery is blocked due to atherosclerosis.

The third type of stroke, called a transient ischemic attack (TIA), lasts a few minutes and doesn’t cause permanent brain damage. However, a TIA is a red flag that you’re at risk for having a full-blown stroke.

What happens during a stroke?

Strokes occur when the blood supply to your brain is significantly, or completely, blocked. Without blood, your brain doesn’t get the oxygen it needs, and brain cells quickly die.

Getting treatment within a few hours after a stroke occurs significantly improves your chance for a full recovery. That’s why it’s important to recognize the following symptoms and call 911 immediately:

  • Sudden weakness on one side of your face or body, or in one arm
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Difficulty understanding speech
  • Changes in vision
  • Dizziness and loss of balance
  • Loss of coordination
  • Trouble walking

You may also develop a sudden, severe headache.

How do neurologists treat a stroke?

The team at eRiver Neurology of NY, LLC provides comprehensive stroke care, from assessing your risk and taking steps to prevent a stroke, to post-stroke care, which includes supporting your rehabilitation with medical care and providing secondary stroke prevention.

They also offer comprehensive electroencephalograms (EEGs) on site. Your doctor may perform EEGs to guide your post-stroke rehabilitation and to monitor for post-stroke seizures and epilepsy.

What are the different types of headaches?

There are many types of headaches, and each one has defining characteristics and symptoms. For example:

Tension headaches

Tension headaches cause mild or moderate pain that you can feel on both sides of your head. This type of headache may last 30 minutes to a few hours.

Cluster headaches

Cluster headaches are one of the most painful types, causing sharp, piercing pain that’s usually around one eye. A cluster headache can last up to three hours, and you have one or more every day for months before going into a period of remission.

Migraine headaches

Migraines cause severe, throbbing pain that’s usually on one side of your head. Without medication, this type of headache lasts from four hours to three days. You may also experience nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to lights and sounds.

How are headaches treated?

After reviewing your medical history and symptoms, the team at eRiver Neurology of NY, LLC performs thorough diagnostic testing, including a neurological exam.

You may need an MRI to rule out other causes for your headaches. 

Your treatment depends on the type of headache, its frequency, and severity. Your doctor may prescribe medications to prevent future headaches and/or medications to take when a headache begins to reduce its pain and duration.

Migraines and cluster headaches often respond well to medications including a new class of agents, the CGRP inhibitors which can reduce chronic migraines.

If you need compassionate care for a stroke or headaches, call eRiver Neurology of NY, LLC or book an appointment online.

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