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Neurological care

Neurological care is the practice of medicine that focuses on the treatment, function and diagnosis of diseases relating to the nerves and nervous system. Neurologists and neurosurgeons treat disorders that affect the brain or spinal cord.

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Neurologists and neurosurgeons in Jacksonville

We are committed to providing prompt and effective treatment while also caring for patients and families through continued support and education.

At HCA Florida Memorial Hospital, our goal is to help you get back to living your best life. Our board-certified neurologists, neurosurgeons and interventional neuro radiologists at HCA Florida Memorial provide comprehensive care for conditions affecting the brain, spine and nervous system. We are also certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.

Neurological conditions we treat

At HCA Florida Memorial Hospital, we treat the following conditions:

  • Adult congenital abnormalities, such as Chiari malformation and arachnoid cysts
  • Aneurysms
  • Arteriovenous malformations
  • Back pain, neck pain and degenerative spine disorders
  • Brain, spine and peripheral tumors
  • Chronic pain and headaches
  • Degenerative disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Hydrocephalus (a build-up of fluid in the cavities deep within the brain)
  • Peripheral neuropathy (carpal tunnel syndrome and ulnar neuropathy)
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhages and intracranial hemorrhages

Our neurological treatments and services

From initial evaluations to compassionate treatment with a human touch, our neurosurgery specialists value each and every patient.

Neuro-oncology care

We offer a multi-disciplinary approach to treat a variety of cancerous and non-cancerous tumors and related conditions, including:

  • Brain tumors
  • Carcinomatous meningitis
  • Epidural spinal cord compression
  • Neurological issues related to cancer and cancer treatments
  • Paraneoplastic disorders
  • Spinal tumors
Stroke treatment

According to the American Heart Association, stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability in American adults. Fast treatment during a stroke and continued rehabilitation after a stroke can help with this.

All strokes require immediate medical attention. The three types of stroke are:

  • Hemorrhagic stroke — caused by bleeding in the brain, usually due to a ruptured aneurysm that puts pressure on the brain
  • Ischemic stroke — caused by a blockage in an artery supplying blood to the brain, which deprives the brain of vital blood flow and oxygen supply
  • Transient ischemic attack (TIA), also called a mini stroke — caused by a temporary blood clot
Stroke rehabilitation

Our dedicated neurological team provides rehabilitation through physical, occupational and speech therapies. We also focus on education and support to help people recover as fully as possible following a stroke.

Stroke symptoms

Knowing the warning signs of a stroke is imperative. If you notice one or more of the following symptoms, call 911 immediately:

  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arms or legs — especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or loss of coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
Stroke risk factors

Certain factors increase your risk of stroke but can’t be changed. This includes:

  • Being 55 years old or older
  • Being African American, Hispanic or Asian/Pacific Islander
  • Having a family history of stroke

Other factors may increase your risk but can be changed, such as:

  • Drug abuse
  • Physical inactivity
  • Smoking

Management or prevention of the following conditions can also significantly decrease your risk of having a stroke:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol levels (specifically high LDL bad cholesterol)
  • Low bone mineral density, especially in women
  • Obesity and metabolic syndrome
Stroke prevention

There are many positive steps you can take to reduce your risk of stroke, including making some lifestyle modifications like:

  • Adopting a healthy diet low in sodium and rich in potassium
  • Becoming more active
  • Identifying and managing atrial fibrillation
  • Knowing and controlling your blood pressure
  • Knowing and controlling your blood sugar and cholesterol
  • Losing weight, if needed
  • Not smoking
  • Only drinking alcohol in moderation
  • Treating circulatory problems, such as peripheral artery disease, sickle cell disease and severe anemia

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