Saturday, August 29, 2015

If you've had a stroke, you should get a second opinion at Loyola

With stroke, lost time is the same as lost brain cells. Dr. José Biller, chair of Neurology at Loyola and a renowned expert on stroke, talks about the importance of seeing a doctor after a stroke. It is the leading cause of adult disability in the U.S.

Some signs of stroke include: a sudden, severe headache; weakness or numbness on one side of the body; trouble speaking; vertigo; dizziness; and double vision. These symptoms may only last about 15-20 minutes. But that doesn't mean the danger has gone away. Call 911 and get to the hospital immediately if you experience these symptoms.

But if you've sought treatment and wonder if further treatment would help, you should call Loyola's Second Opinion Stroke Clinic at (708) 216-2438.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.