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By Winchester Neurological Consultants
March 24, 2021
Category: Health Conditions
Tags: Sleep Apnea   Heart Disease  

Winchester Neurological Consultants in Winchester, VA, helps patients by treating sleep disorders like sleep apnea. Sleep apnea wears on your heart health and if you haven't sought treatment we can help.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where the patient stops breathing during sleep. Constricted airways cause the patient to snore loudly and gasp for air. Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, but most people with sleep apnea snore loudly and often. This is obviously very stressful for the body to wake up repeatedly throughout a night of sleep, but did you know that sleep apnea can affect your heart health?

Sleep apnea and the heart

When breathing stops the body releases stress hormones, which can lead to heart disease over time. Obesity is a common cause of sleep apnea and plays an important part in heart disease as well. Fat deposits around the upper airways can lead to obstructed breathing, making you more likely to have sleep apnea. Maintaining a healthy weight only helps you have a healthy heart and healthier sleep.

Healthy habits

Healthy habits go a long way in managing sleep apnea. Your Winchester, VA, doctor will recommend limiting alcohol intake and quitting smoking. Smoking is notoriously addictive and some people seek treatment for sleep apnea and continue to smoke. This only puts more stress on your heart every single day. Most people can't quit on their own or on their first try, so don't get discouraged!
 

Both sleep apnea and obesity can each independently increase the risk of heart disease. If you aren't treating your sleep apnea you're putting your heart under extra stress each day. If you have sleep apnea come see Winchester Neurological Consultants for treatment. Contact us in Winchester, VA, at (540) 667-1828.

By Winchester Neurological Consultants
March 16, 2021
Category: Health Conditions
Tags: Epilepsy  

Epilepsy doesn’t come in one form. There are many different types of epilepsy with different symptoms and it’s important to know what kind of epilepsy you’re struggling with so that your doctor knows the best way to treat you. Your doctor at Winchester Neurological Consultants in Winchester, VA, can sit down with you and discuss what symptoms you may be having so that you can best learn about the treatments that you may need, what may trigger you, and what to expect in the future.

Types of Epilepsy

Every type of epilepsy is accompanied by seizures, but the type of seizure is what classifies your specific type of epilepsy. Your doctor in Winchester, VA, can help you identify what types you are having to help diagnose which type of epilepsy is affecting you.

The types of epilepsy are:

  • Generalized Epilepsy- This is classified by generalized motor seizures and generalized non-motor seizures. Generalized motor seizures are characterized by your body moving in ways you can’t control and possibly losing consciousness and jerking around. Generalized non-motor seizures are often called “absence” seizures because you may typically stop moving and stare into space.
  • Focal Epilepsy- Focal epilepsy consists of four different types of seizures; focal aware seizures- you are aware of what is happening, focal impaired awareness seizures- you are confused or unaware of what is happening during your seizure, focal motor seizures- you move around to some extent and possibly twitch or walk around, focal non-motor seizures- you get hit by intense emotions or strange feelings with a racing heart.
  • Generalized and Focal Epilepsy- This is characterized by having both generalized and focal seizures.

Contact Your Doctor Today

If you’re struggling with epilepsy, it’s really important to be sure to have your doctor diagnose you with your specific type of epilepsy. If you have any questions or want to set up an appointment, call your doctor at Winchester Neurological Consultants in Winchester, VA, at (540) 667-1828 today!

By Winchester Neurological Consultants
February 16, 2021
Category: Health Conditions
Tags: Dementia  

Winchester Neurological Consultants in Winchester, VA, helps patients diagnosed with dementia. Dementia is a term for the effects on memory and thinking that are caused by either brain damage or diseases like Alzheimer’s Disease. The symptoms are progressive and the changes happen gradually, but lead to the patient being unable to be independent.
 

Dementia is most commonly associated with Alzheimer's disease, and the symptoms of memory loss and losing independence can be confusing and upsetting not just for the patient, but for close family, loved ones, and caregivers. If a family member is struggling with dementia you may be wondering if it will affect you in the future. While Alzheimer's is not passed down genetically, a lot of the risk factors for developing dementia can be passed on.
 

According to the Alzheimer's Association, there are two types of genes that influence whether a person develops a disease. Risk genes, which determine the likelihood someone will develop a disease, and deterministic genes, which directly cause disease. There are hereditary Alzheimer's genes in both categories, but in the vast majority of cases, Alzheimer's disease is not inherited.
 

Family history alone cannot determine if a person will develop dementia, but if you have a parent or sibling with Alzheimer's disease it is more likely to affect you as well. Oftentimes certain risk factors like high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes are hereditary. So parents can't pass on the disease directly to their children but can pass on certain genes that increase the risk of developing dementia.
 

There are more rare types of dementia that can be hereditary. Frontotemporal dementia and young-onset, familial Alzheimer’s disease are much rarer than Alzheimer's disease but are more likely to be passed on.
 

You are struggling with dementia or concerned about a loved one, the doctors of Winchester Neurological Consultants are here to help. Contact us in Winchester, VA, at (540) 667-1828.

By Winchester Neurological Consultants
December 23, 2020
Category: Health Conditions
Tags: Stroke  
Strokes can be life changing and their effect on your health far-reaching, but rapid treatment and prompt rehabilitation can make all the difference. You'll depend on your therapists, your loved ones, and your own willingness to work to regain what was threatened, and it all starts the moment the stroke first occurs. If you're at risk, please learn to recognize the warning signs and reach out to the specialists of Winchester Neurological Consultants in Winchester, VA, to become better informed about stroke prevention, treatment, and outlook.
 
 
Rehabilitation
 
 
A stroke happens when blood supply to the brain, and with it, oxygen, is interrupted and damage occurs. Rehabilitation is often possible because your brain can sometimes change the way it performs certain tasks, or another area of the brain may take over an affected one. If treatment was prompt and blood flow reestablished quickly, then cells can be saved and may eventually return to function.
 
 
The goal of rehabilitation treatments is to help you regain your independence through speech, occupational, and physical therapy.
 
 
Types of Therapy
 
 
It can be difficult to speak or even understand speech after a stroke. Through speech therapy, you may be able to relearn how to communicate, even through alternative means.
 
 
Occupational therapy helps you with all the everyday tasks that you may struggle with after a stroke. While physical therapy focuses on giving you back your strength and balance and helps you control muscle spasms, which are sometimes a side effect of a stroke.
 
 
Stroke Treatment in Winchester, VA
 
 
After you've had a stroke you are at high risk for another. They often recur for one in four of those who've suffered one. It becomes all the more important to treat the main causes of stroke, which can include heart disease, high blood pressure, and cholesterol, as well as diabetes and atrial fibrillation.
 
 
It's also imperative that you be aware of the symptoms of a stroke. Look out for the loss of balance, and headaches, accompanied by blurred vision, weakness in your ability to move your limbs, difficulty with speech, and if half of your face droops. Don't delay, contact an emergency number right away.
 
 
To learn more about your own risks, and to create a plan of action, make an appointment with your professionals at Winchester Neurological Consultants in Winchester, VA by dialing (540) 667-1828.
By Winchester Neurological Consultants
December 14, 2020
Category: Health Conditions
Tags: Epilepsy  

Just diagnosed with epilepsy? Here’s what you should know about your treatment options.

Finding out that you or a loved one has epilepsy can be scary. Fortunately, our team of neurologists provides comprehensive care right here at their epilepsy and neurodevelopmental clinic in Winchester, VA. Here are the ways that we can treat your epilepsy.

Seizure Medications

Once our neurologists have performed the appropriate tests to detect epilepsy, we will then sit down with you and discuss your treatment options. The most common way to treat epilepsy is with medication. Of course, there are several types of medications on the market that can help control your seizures, and there are a number of factors that we will need to consider, including types of seizures and your age, that could determine which medications will be most effective.

When you receive your medication, our Winchester, VA, neurologists will provide you with detailed instructions on how to take your medication. It’s important that you follow these instructions exactly, as they can affect the efficacy of your treatment. The instructions will tell you when to take your medication, your dosage, what side effects are possible, when to follow-up with our doctors and whether you should take the medication with food or on an empty stomach.

Other Therapies and Treatment Options

Along with medications, there are other ways to control epilepsy. If medications aren’t effective but you would like to avoid brain surgery (or perhaps you’re simply not an ideal candidate for surgery), there are other options available. For example, vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is an electrical device that is placed under the skin and delivers electrical impulses to the brain to lessen the severity and frequency of your seizures.

It’s important that the medications and treatments you receive help to reduce the number and severity of your seizures. This is why it’s important to turn to a qualified team of neurologists here in Winchester, VA, that can work with you to find the right solutions. Let the team at Winchester Neurological Consultants make it easier to live with epilepsy. Call us today at (540) 667-1828.