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Stroke Care

Stroke Care2019-09-10T11:45:11-04:00

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

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

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

Sergey Bogdan, M.D. SB

Sergey Bogdan, M.D.

Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Megdad Zaatreh, M.D.

Megdad Zaatreh, M.D.

Epileptologist, Neurology

Susan Lage, D.O. SL

Susan Lage, D.O.

Neurology

Amos Katz, M.D.

Amos Katz, M.D.

MS Center, Neurology

Caren Marks, M.D. CM

Caren Marks, M.D.

MS Center, Neurology

Vasko Gulevski, M.D. VG

Vasko Gulevski, M.D.

Neurology

Ali Valimahomed, M.D.

Ali Valimahomed, M.D.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Scott Woska, M.D. SW

Scott Woska, M.D.

Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Robert Pannullo, M.D. RP

Robert Pannullo, M.D.

Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Arun Nangia, M.D. AN

Arun Nangia, M.D.

Neurology

Raymond Esquires, M.D. RE

Raymond Esquires, M.D.

Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

David Frank, M.D.

David Frank, M.D.

Neurology

Paul Kostoulakos, DO PK

Paul Kostoulakos, DO

Neurology

Maria Choy, M.D. MC

Maria Choy, M.D.

Neurology

Terence McAlarney, M.D. TM

Terence McAlarney, M.D.

MS Center, Neurology

Michael Moussouttas, MD MM

Michael Moussouttas, MD

Neurology

Gary Yen, M.D.

Gary Yen, M.D.

Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Amor Mehta, MD

Amor Mehta, MD

Epileptologist, Neurology

Rajat Kumar, M.D. RK

Rajat Kumar, M.D.

Neurology

Francisco Del Valle, M.D. FD

Francisco Del Valle, M.D.

Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Samantha Kanarek, DO SK

Samantha Kanarek, DO

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Jia Zhen Cheng, MD JC

Jia Zhen Cheng, MD

Neurology

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

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

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Boris Furman, D.O. BF

Boris Furman, D.O.

Neurology

James Ware, M.D.

James Ware, M.D.

Neurology

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