As a Joint Commission-accredited and certified Comprehensive Stroke Center and leading provider of comprehensive stroke care, Spectrum Health is committed to fostering better outcomes for stroke patients. Our specialized neurovascular team, one of the largest of its kind in Michigan, has the expertise to provide the highest level of medical and surgical stroke treatment. The team consists of fellowship-trained, board-certified vascular neurologists and vascular neurosurgeons, as well as neurointerventional, neurocritical care and neurorehabilitation specialists.
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Ehnen, a 65-year-old former electronics technician from Muskegon, Michigan, learned two years ago that he had Parkinson’s, a chronic and progressive movement disorder. By the time of his diagnosis, he already walked with a cane. (Taylor Ballek | Spectrum Health Beat)
Now, Ehnen walks without a cane. He has more energy. He treasures the time he spends fishing with the grandkids. (Taylor Ballek | Spectrum Health Beat)
“I wouldn’t fall down steps―I would fall up steps,” Jim Ehnen says. “I wasn’t doing enough movement to get my foot past the step. I would hit my toe and fall.”
His speech became soft and muffled. He had a hard time swallowing pills. He had tremors in his left hand. His thought processes deteriorated. (Taylor Ballek | Spectrum Health Beat)
Ehnen has benefitted from changes in medication to improve his movement and help him sleep. He also gets Botox injections to control drooling, a common concern of Parkinson’s patients.
But much of the credit for his improvements, says Dr. Coleman, lies in his commitment to continuing his therapy exercises at home.
Exercise is key for Parkinson’s patients. It can reduce their fall risk. And those who exercise tend to move better. (Taylor Ballek | Spectrum Health Beat)
Neuromuscular medicine involves the treatment of neurological disorders which primarily affect the peripheral nerves, neuromuscular junction and muscles. Muscles are responsible for carrying out the message sent from the motor nerves.
Spectrum Health Neurovascular Clinic offers a multidisciplinary approach that embraces the patient’s care across the neurovascular spectrum. We manage post stroke symptoms, secondary prevention of stroke both medically and surgically.
Stroke kills more than 133,000 Americans annually and is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. A large percentage of strokes that happen are treatable—but only if you get the right care, right away. Anyone can have a stroke and everyone should be prepared. It's a matter of knowing what to do, taking action and spreading the word. By learning and sharing the F.A.S.T. warning signs, you just might save a life from stroke.