Conditions & Treatments

Strokes

Stroke is the number 4 cause of death in the U.S., and the number 1 cause of adult disability. At Health First Neurosciences, our expert and advanced approach to stroke care and treatment is one of the many way we're working to reduce the instance of stroke. And while we treat the majority of stroke cases with more traditional methods and minimally invasive options aren't right for everyone, we are the only facility in the area to use the biplane endo/angio suite, which can expand the window of time that stroke patients can be treated by up to 12 hours. (Traditionally, the window is 3-4 hours after the onset of stroke symptoms.)

Other Treatments
Health First Neurosciences also offers a comprehensive list of alternative and more traditional treatments, including intravenous tPA (a medication that dissolves blood clots and is administered through an IV), which is most commonly the first choice in stroke treatment when given within three hours after the onset of stroke systems.

While treatment methods differ by the individual needs of the patient, patients can take comfort in knowing that our team will be there when you need them. And if need be, so is our life-saving biplane endo/angio suite technology.

More On The Biplane Endo/Angio Suite
How does this operating suite help save lives and prevent brain damage?
It allows patients to be treated after the window of safety for traditional stroke treatments, including intravenous tPA, has passed. And by providing real-time three-dimensional image guidance, it helps the interventional neurologist see exactly where the catheter-based clot retrieval device needs to go, and further ensures that no areas of blood clots are overlooked. It even eliminates the need to transfer patients to another room for scanning during the procedure

Click to view our Biplane Endo / Angio Suite Tour

What Is A Stroke?
A stroke occurs when blood flow to a part of the brain stops, depriving the brain of the blood and oxygen it needs. Also known as a "brain attack", a stroke can cause a large number of brain cells to die, which can result in permanent disability and death. If you or a loved one is experiencing the symptoms of a stroke, it is imperative to call 9-1-1 or seek medical attention immediately.

Aneurysms

An aneurysm is the abnormal bulging of an artery cause by weakness in the vessel wall. As the aneurysm grows, it often results in symptoms such as severe headaches and nausea. And if left untreated, it can potentially rupture, resulting in severe disability, cognitive loss, and death.

In addition to the early detection and diagnosis of aneurysms, Health First Neurosciences provides a variety of traditional and cutting-edge techniques for the treatment of aneurysms. This includes surgical clipping, endovascular coiling, and endovascular embolization.

Plus, our interventional neuroradiologists are the only two in Brevard and Indian River counties to provide minimally invasive endovascular surgery on brain aneurysm repair. And patients can take comfort in knowing that our team is available 24/7 in the event of a ruptured aneurysm or other medical emergency.

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS), is a long-lasting disease that can affect your brain, the optic nerves in your eyes and spinal cord. It can cause problems with balance, basic body functions, muscle control and vision.

The effects are often different for everyone who has this condition. Some people have mild symptoms and do not require treatment while others may have trouble getting around and performing daily tasks.

MS happens when your immune system attacks myelin, a fatty material which wraps around your nerve fibers to protect them. Without this outer shell, your nerves become damaged and scar tissue may form.

Damage from this means your brain can’t send signals through your body correctly. Your nerves also don’t work as they should to help you move and feel. Because of this, you may have symptoms like:

  • Blurred or double vision
  • Depression
  • Feeling tired
  • Muscle weakness or spasms
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Pain
  • Poor bladder or bowel control
  • Problems focusing or remembering
  • Sexual problems
  • Trouble walking

The first symptoms often appear between the ages of 20 and 40.

Some people, after suffering from the first symptoms, may experience “attacks” or “relapses,” when the condition gets noticeably worse. Typically, the relapses are followed by times of recovery when symptoms improve. However, for some, the disease continues to worsen over time.

In recent years, scientists have found many new treatments that can help prevent relapses and slow the effects of this condition. Comprehensive MS care begins with the diagnosis and lasts a lifetime. Learn how to work with our Health First Medical Group Neuroscience team to reduce disease activity, manage symptoms and maintain your quality of life.

In addition to the early detection and diagnosis of MS, Health First Neurosciences provides a variety of traditional and cutting-edge techniques for the treatment of MS. Take comfort in knowing you are in good hands and that our team is available 24/7 in the event of a medical emergency.

Support Groups
Click here to access the Brevard County Eau Gallie MS Self-Help Group website
Click here to access the Mid-Florida National MS Society Chapter website

Resources
Click here to access the National Multiple Scleorsis Society website

Other Conditions

In addition to cutting-edge treatments for stroke and aneurysms, Health First Neurosciences specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of various other chronic brain conditions. This includes:

  • Brain hemorrhages and bleeding disorders
  • Arteriovenous malformations of the brain (AVMs)
  • Arteriovenous (AV) fistula repair
  • Carotid stenosis and carotid stenting
  • Stroke due to embolization and vasospasm
  • Diagnostic cerebral angiography

Plus, since our team and facility are available 24/7, patients can take comfort in knowing that we'll be on call to respond to any complications or emergency needs.

Interventional Expertise!

Health First Neurosciences has two doctors who are fellowship trained in diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology. They are also the only two doctors in Brevard and Indian River counties to provide minimally invasive endovascular surgery on brain aneurysm repair. Contact us today for more information.