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Stroke Care

Stroke Care2022-01-05T10:01:56-05:00

CentraState Medical Center is an Advanced Primary Stroke Center with licensed certification from The Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. We are among an elite group of hospitals in New Jersey and across the country with a specially trained “Stroke Alert” response team.

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CentraState Medical Center is an Advanced Primary Stroke Center with licensed certification from The Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. We are among an elite group of hospitals in New Jersey and across the country with a specially trained “Stroke Alert” response team.

SERVICES

TRANSITION OF CARE STROKE OUTPATIENT CLINIC

Patients who have been hospitalized for a stroke or TIA need comprehensive follow-up care in the first weeks after hospital discharge to ensure the best outcomes.

Our Transition of Care Stroke Outpatient Clinic builds on the inpatient care you received for your stroke or TIA so that you continue to recover and prevent additional complications.

Before you leave the hospital we will set an appointment with a nurse who will:

  • Provide education to patients and caregivers
  • Monitor progress
  • Help coordinate care and services, including rehabilitation appointments
  • Review prescriptions
  • Provide reports to your neurologist or primary care physician for post-stroke care

STROKE SYMPTOMS AND PREVENTION

When a patient is experiencing stroke symptoms, every second counts in preventing or limiting damage to brain tissue. Symptoms of a stroke include:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or trouble understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden difficulty walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or loss of coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

If you or someone you know experiences any of these warning signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Nearly 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke each year. While it is more common among people age 65 and older, it can happen at any age. In fact, an estimated one in 10 people who experience a stroke are under the age of 45.

Certain risk factors can increase your chances of having a stroke, including:

  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure and elevated blood cholesterol, especially LDL or “bad cholesterol”
  • Excess weight and uncontrolled diabetes
  • Excessive alcohol use—more than two drinks a day for men and one drink a day for women
  • Smoking, which has been shown to double stroke risk
  • Atrial fibrillation (or AFib), an irregular and sometimes rapid heartbeat
  • Being over age 65 or of African American, American Indian or Native Alaskan descent
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The same healthy habits that help protect your heart can also help prevent a stroke:

  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and choose foods low in saturated fat and cholesterol
  • Maintain a healthy weight—excess belly fat, in particular, greatly increases your risk for cardiovascular disease
  • Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise on most days
  • Don’t smoke
  • Limit alcohol use
  • Work with your doctor to properly manage chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes

If you’d like to learn about how to prevent stroke and manage your health, CentraState’s Star and Barry Tobias Health Awareness Center can help. It offers more than 200 health education and lifestyle management programs to help you and your family achieve your health and wellness goals.

For more information, please call 732-308-0570.

PHYSICIANS

Megdad Zaatreh, M.D.

Megdad Zaatreh, M.D.

Epileptologist, Neurology

Susan Lage, D.O. SL

Susan Lage, D.O.

Neurology

Nestor Restua, M.D.

Nestor Restua, M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Steven Guillen, M.D.

Steven Guillen, M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Sergey Bogdan, M.D. SB

Sergey Bogdan, M.D.

Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Sanjay Mehta, D.O.

Sanjay Mehta, D.O.

Emergency Medicine

Tracey Lee, M.D. TL

Tracey Lee, M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Kyle Chapple, MD

Kyle Chapple, MD

Neurosurgery

Allen Nau, DO AN

Allen Nau, DO

Emergency Medicine

Derek Schaible, M.D. DS

Derek Schaible, M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Amos Katz, M.D.

Amos Katz, M.D.

MS Center, Neurology

Ronald Benitez, MD

Ronald Benitez, MD

Neurosurgery

Raymond Esquires, M.D. RE

Raymond Esquires, M.D.

Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Edward Adrian, M.D.

Edward Adrian, M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Jia Zhen Cheng, MD

Jia Zhen Cheng, MD

Neurology

Omar Nabulsi, M.D. ON

Omar Nabulsi, M.D.

Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine

Michael Chieco, M.D.

Michael Chieco, M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Pinakin Jethwa, MD

Pinakin Jethwa, MD

Neurosurgery

Vikas Khanna, M.D. VK

Vikas Khanna, M.D.

Emergency Medicine

David Wells Roth, MD

David Wells Roth, MD

Neurosurgery

Jeremy Dayner, M.D. JD

Jeremy Dayner, M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Vasko Gulevski, M.D. VG

Vasko Gulevski, M.D.

Neurology

Michael Moussouttas, MD MM

Michael Moussouttas, MD

Neurology

Nilay Baxi, M.D. NB

Nilay Baxi, M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Florence Ibale, M.D.

Florence Ibale, M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Paul Kostoulakos, DO PK

Paul Kostoulakos, DO

Neurology

Mark Waciega, M.D. MW

Mark Waciega, M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Caren Marks, M.D.

Caren Marks, M.D.

MS Center, Neurology

Lisa Mason, N.P.C. LM

Lisa Mason, N.P.C.

Certified Nurse Practitioner, Emergency Medicine

Evander Duck, M.S., M.D. ED

Evander Duck, M.S., M.D.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Scott Woska, M.D. SW

Scott Woska, M.D.

Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Arun Nangia, M.D. AN

Arun Nangia, M.D.

Neurology

James Barrese, MD

James Barrese, MD

Neurosurgery

David Frank, M.D.

David Frank, M.D.

Neurology

Amor Mehta, MD AM

Amor Mehta, MD

Epileptologist, Neurology

Terence McAlarney, M.D. TM

Terence McAlarney, M.D.

MS Center, Neurology

Gary Yen, M.D.

Gary Yen, M.D.

Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Mark McLaughlin, M.D.

Mark McLaughlin, M.D.

Neurosurgery

Valerie McLaughlin, M.D.

Valerie McLaughlin, M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Jonathan Lustgarten, M.D.

Jonathan Lustgarten, M.D.

Neurosurgery

Richard Meagher, MD

Richard Meagher, MD

Neurosurgery

Francisco Del Valle, M.D. FD

Francisco Del Valle, M.D.

Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Maria Choy, M.D. MC

Maria Choy, M.D.

Neurology

James Ware, M.D.

James Ware, M.D.

Neurology

Nazer Qureshi, M.D. NQ

Nazer Qureshi, M.D.

Neurosurgery

Boris Furman, D.O. BF

Boris Furman, D.O.

Neurology

Rajat Kumar, M.D. RK

Rajat Kumar, M.D.

Neurology

Imran Khan, MD

Imran Khan, MD

Neurology

Rajat Kumar, M.D. RK

Rajat Kumar, M.D.

Neurology

Matthew Tormenti, M. D.

Matthew Tormenti, M. D.

Neurosurgery

Bruce Bonanno, M.D. BB

Bruce Bonanno, M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Janet Alteveer, M.D. JA

Janet Alteveer, M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Neha Shah, M.D.

Neha Shah, M.D.

Emergency Medicine

David Estin, M.D.

David Estin, M.D.

Neurosurgery

Maureen Darwal, D.O. MD

Maureen Darwal, D.O.

Neurosurgery

Diane Occhipinti, N.P.C. DO

Diane Occhipinti, N.P.C.

Certified Nurse Practitioner, Emergency Medicine

Nirav K. Shah, M. D.

Nirav K. Shah, M. D.

Neurosurgery

Seth Joseffer, M.D.

Seth Joseffer, M.D.

Neurosurgery

Youssef Hannallah, MD YH

Youssef Hannallah, MD

Emergency Medicine

Cindy McVey, N.P.C. CM

Cindy McVey, N.P.C.

Certified Nurse Practitioner, Emergency Medicine

Todd Cooperman, M.D. TC

Todd Cooperman, M.D.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Francis S.
Francis S.
Francis S.
Francis Schultz is well-versed in remaining calm during stressful situations. The 64-year-old Jackson resident has volunteered as a first responder for more than four decades, most recently in the role of directing traffic and keeping people safe when fire or police services respond to a call. When Francis experienced his own emergency last March, he knew exactly what to do....Read More >
Kristin D.
Kristin D.
Kristin D.
Ulcerative colitis by itself would have been bad enough. By the time Kristin Detamore, then 35, returned to work as a school social worker after the birth of her second son, she was accustomed to the pain from inflammatory bowel disease. But the headache baffled her. Unfortunately, the headache soon turned into something much more severe: partial paralysis in which Kristin...Read More >
Alex N.
Alex N.
Alex N.
That optimism came from a 24-year-old woman who just the year previously had her life turned upside down by a stroke. Now, more than two years later, Alex’s positivity has only grown as she continues to make remarkable progress in her recovery. In December 2012, Alex was just getting ready to go on winter break at her college in West...Read More >

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