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Brain Aneurysm: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

09/05/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health PhysiciansTreatments & ServicesNeuroscience

Approximately six million Americans, or one in 50, live with an unruptured brain aneurysm, and a rupture occurs every 18 minutes in the U.S. Unfortunately, the early warning signs are few and often dismissed or attributed to other causes. A brain aneurysm is a weak area in the blood vessel that balloons out, filling with blood. Aneurysms can take months or even years to form, and they can range from 1/8 to over one inch in size. Smaller aneurysms (accounting for 50 to 80 percent) may never rupture,…

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Stroke Awareness

06/08/2014 | Neuroscience

May is Stroke Awareness Month.Stroke is now the No. 4 cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States, but it can be preventable and treatable.We want people to be aware of the causes of stroke, their risk factors and the importance of early treatment. When a stroke occurs, a blood vessel in the brain is either blocked by a clot or may burst open. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get blood with oxygen that it needs, so the brain cells die. This can happen…

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A guide to exercise after a stroke

04/22/2014 | Treatments & ServicesNeuroscienceOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & RehabilitationWellnessExercise

Free movement is something we all take for granted until we’re immobilized by a health event. For stroke patients, limited mobility is usually more than a temporary problem. Like many health issues, stroke recovery requires exercise. The earlier it begins, the more strength patients have to recover an independent lifestyle. “For so many reasons, we want to get them moving either actively or passively as soon as possible while they recover from the acute stage of a stroke,” says…

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Be Stroke Savvy

10/23/2013 | Neuroscience

We all know when it comes to a heart attack, we need to act quickly in order to save lives. A stroke is really a ‘brain attack’ and requires the same quick action. “If you’re witnessing someone having stroke like symptoms, the goal is to call 911 and get them help fast,” says Dr. James Fleck, Neurologist at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital. There are two main types of stroke, explains Dr. Fleck: Ischemic stroke: the most common type of stroke, this occurs…

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Saving Time, Saving Lives

05/28/2013 | Neuroscience

When it comes to a medical emergency, we all know that time is off the essence. IU Health is making the most of every patient’s time with lifesaving Telemedicine technology. This communication and information technology uses cameras, audio and other remote monitoring tools to provide healthcare to patients from long distances and in underserved geographic regions. Methodist Health Foundation, championing the mission of IU Health Methodist Hospital through gifts from donors, has been an integral…

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Depression Slows Stroke Recovery

05/02/2013 | Neuroscience

Many people who are battling through recovery after a stroke are slowed down by depression. They feel sad, hopeless, worthless or helpless, and these feelings keep them from making progress in regaining skills they lost. Other signs of depression may include: Loss of interest in hobbies or activities Decreased energy Changes in sleep habits Appetite or weight changes Thoughts of suicide Restlessness or irritability Depression in stroke patients can be caused by biochemical changes in the stroke-affected…

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Brain Tumors 101

08/27/2012 | Treatments & ServicesNeuroscience

Few things are more devastating than receiving the news that you have a brain tumor. But what is a brain tumor? How can you find out if you have one? And, if one is found, what can you do about it? Stephanie Wagner, M.D., a neuro-oncologist with Indiana University Health Neuroscience, IU Health Physicians and the IU Simon Cancer Center has the answers to your questions. So, what is a brain tumor? A brain tumor is an abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells within the brain. How can you find out…

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Get Moving!

08/24/2012 | Treatments & ServicesCardiovascular

Get Moving! Our bodies were made to move. And while it may be funny to joke about being a couch potato, living a sedentary lifestyle is no laughing matter. Those who don’t exercise put themselves at greater risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. You can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke through good cardiovascular fitness. A cardiovascular workout is defined as any exercise that gets your heart pumping and raises your heart rate. Experts…

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Step Inside the New IU Health Neuroscience Center

08/22/2012 | Treatments & ServicesNeuroscience

“When we set out to build a new neuroscience center we knew it had to be more than just a building.”  More than a mantra, it’s a mission that Dr. Nicholas Barbaro and everyone else involved in the development of the new IU Health Neuroscience Center has taken to heart. “It was our goal to create a preeminent neuroscience program that completely revolutionizes the way clinicians, physicians and researcher work together,” said Nicholas Barbaro, Medical Director of…

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Common Questions about Stroke Care

08/20/2012 | Treatments & ServicesNeuroscience

While popular belief stands on only elderly adults being at risk for a stroke, a stroke can happen to a person of any age, gender, race/ethnicity, or medical history. However, it is true that older people are at a higher risk for stroke than the general population and that the risk for stroke increases with age. Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital is here to give you the information you need about lowering your risk for stroke. Q: How can I lower my risk for stroke? There are many risk…

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