JRMC offers comprehensive neurology services with a fully equipped neurology lab. Our medical staff has two full-time neurologists that are trained in diagnosing, treating, and managing disorders of the brain and nervous system.
Symptoms That Commonly Require A Neurologist
- Coordination problems
- Muscle weakness
- A change in sensation
Problems with senses are sometimes caused by nervous system disorders
Conditions Neurologist Treat
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also called Lou Gehrig’s disease)
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Brain and spinal cord injuries
- Brain tumors
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
What Is A Stroke
Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the 5th cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States.
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts (or ruptures). When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs, so it and brain cells die.
A stroke is a medical emergency because strokes can lead to death or permanent disability. There are opportunities to treat ischemic strokes but that treatment needs to be started in the first few hours after the signs of a stroke begin. The patient, family, or bystanders, should call 9-1-1 and activate emergency medical services immediately should a stroke be suspected.
Stroke Warning Signs
Anyone can have a stroke, the key is to be ready and know the warning signs. American Stroke Associations came up with the acronym F.A.S.T.
Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven or lopsided?
Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask a person to repeat a simple sentence, like “The sky is blue.” Is the person able to correctly repeat the words?
Time to call 911
If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and say, “I think this is a stroke” to help get the person to the hospital immediately. Time is very crucial so do not delay and do your best to note the time when the first symptoms appeared, as emergency responders will want to know.
Other symptoms may appear separately or in combination with the FAST symptoms above:
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech.
- Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg. Especially on one side of the body.
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or Both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Simple Steps To Reduce Stroke Risk
The American Stroke Association offers these simple steps you can change today that may help to avoid stroke, dementia, or memory loss.
Prevent or Control High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is the No. 1 risk factor for stroke. Know your numbers and take steps to control your blood pressure for a healthy brain.
Be Physically Active
It’s time to get your heart pumping, helping supply oxygen and blood flow to the brain with exercise. Walk, run, dance, or even rake leaves. Activity throughout the day can make a big difference.
Control Blood Sugar
Left untreated, diabetes can cause a number of health complications. It’s important to get your blood sugar tested and under control.
Guess what, the same diet for a healthy heart, applies to a healthy brain! Foods like fruits, vegetables, fish, and whole grains can lower your risk for stroke and heart disease.
A healthy weight and Body Mass Index (BMI) can lead to health benefits like better regulation of your blood pressure.
A healthy brain requires normal blood flow and oxygen, which may be impacted by high cholesterol.
Stroke Telemedicine Program
JRMC is a proud partner of the Arkansas Stroke Assistance through Virtual Emergency Support (AR SAVES) program. AR SAVES provides the expertise of Arkansas’ neurologists, innovative telemedicine systems, and ground-breaking medications to treat Arkansas’ stroke patients.
JRMC is one of four sites in Arkansas that has the ICU capabilities to receive patients that may require post thrombolytic therapy care and has a neurologist available to receive, evaluate, and provide additional treatment for acute stroke victims.
Partnering with AR SAVES provides our community and southeast Arkansas 24/7 Vascular Neurologist coverage. Each partnering site is equipped with the state of the art telemedicine technology, training for personnel, support for dedicated Tele-stroke coordinator, and ongoing continuing education.
The JRMC offers a wide range of diagnostic tests and procedures that are vital tools in assisting physicians confirm or rule out the presence of neurological disorders or other medical conditions.
DIAGNOSTICS TEST AVAILABLE
- Arterial & Venus Duplex Ultrasound
- Auditory & Visual Evoked Potential
- Somatosensory Evoked Potential
- Carotid Ultrasound
- Electromyography (EMG)
- Electroencephalography (EEG)
- Nerve Conduction Studies (NCV)
- Cerebral spinal fluid collection
- Pulmonary Vascular Resistance (PVR)
- PET Scan
- CT Scan
- Sleep Studies
JRMC Neurology Clinic
JRMC Neurology Clinic provides hands-on and comprehensive neurological care to Pine Bluff AR and its surrounding areas. We work with you and your family to diagnose and treat a variety of neurological issues. Our expert neurologist, Srilatha Thadur, M.D. is committed to delivering the best services.
We see patients by appointment only. Please ask your primary care physician for a referral. To schedule call us at (870) 541-8708.
JRMC Neurology Clinic 1609 W. 40th, Suite 207, Pine Bluff AR 71603