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STROKE: ABOUT, SYMPTOMS, TREATMENT

Stroke is the number 5 cause of death in the United States. Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the Unites States. OVERVIEW A stroke occurs when the blood supply that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is interrupted or reduced. When this happens, brain cells begin to die in minutes. Therefore, a stroke is a medical emergency, and rapid treatment is critical. Acting early can reduce brain damage and medical complications. WARNING SIGNS The most common sign of stroke is sudden weakness, numbness, or paralysis of the face, one side of the body, arm, or leg. Other
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What To Know About COVID-19

COVID-19, Coronavirus disease, is a highly contagious virus that is spreading and infecting people worldwide. Symptoms: The most common symptoms of this virus includes, but is not limited to: Fever Cough (dry) Tiredness Difficulty breathing Important note: a person may be asymptomatic (does not show symptoms) for fourteen days. Therefore, someone may not know they are infected for two whole weeks. Being asymptomatic does not mean he/she will not infect other people; that person can still spread the virus without even knowing it. Staying at home: Staying at home will serve for your own protection against infection, and it will
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Carotid Artery Disease

What is Carotid Artery Disease? Carotid artery disease is a disease in which fatty deposits, called plaque, builds up inside your carotid arteries, which are the arteries that deliver blood to your head and brain. Carotid artery disease is serious because the blockage caused in these arteries increases your risks of having a stroke. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, seriously reduced, or interrupted. Strokes deprive your brain of oxygen, which within minutes, your brain cells start to die. Strokes can impair the parts of the body that brain cells control. Therefore, strokes
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Learn about Peripheral Artery Disease!

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a very common disease in which plaque builds up in the arteries that carry blood to your organs, head, and limbs. This plaque causes narrowing of the peripheral arteries, which can cause a variety of symptoms and or further health complications. PAD most commonly affects arties in the legs. However, this disease can also affect arteries that carry blood to your arms, stomach, head, and arms. Signs and symptoms: The most common symptoms of PAD include: aching, heaviness, cramping, or pain in the leg muscles when walking or climbing stairs. These symptoms can go away
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Dr. Joseph Griffin becomes the first physician in Louisiana to perform endovascular procedure for patients with chronic kidney disease.  See the link to the article in the Health Care Journal below. http://www.healthcarejournalbr.com/news/state%E2%80%99s-first-endovascular-procedure-for-dialysis-patients-performed-at-baton-rouge-general?utm_source=eNews+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=8825f2d2ce-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_12_14_11_55&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_edf0c8dfc3-8825f2d2ce-284245153
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Press Release Baton Rouge General Named Center of Excellence for New Stroke Prevention Procedure BRG One of Three Facilities Statewide to Earn Distinction BATON ROUGE, La. — Baton Rouge General (BRG) has been named a Center of Excellence by the developer of a new stroke prevention procedure. The hospital is one of only three facilities in Louisiana to earn the distinction from Silk Road Medical. Dr. Vince Weaver, a vascular surgeon with Vascular Specialty Center, was the first physician in South Louisiana to perform the TransCarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR) procedure at Baton Rouge General last year. He also proctors other
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Progress Continues in Stroke Prevention

 Vince Weaver, MD,  discusses his journey  on the acceptance of new technology for  stroke prevention  in a  digital medical magazine  news. https://infomeddnews.com/from-resistance-to-standard-of-care-gaining-acceptance-for-technology-to-prevent-stroke/
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Dr. Andrew Olinde Named to Prestigious 2017-2018 Best Doctors in America List

DR. ANDREW OLINDE NAMED TO PRESTIGIOUS 2017-2018 BEST DOCTORS IN AMERICA® LIST Dr. Andrew Olinde has been named one of the Best Doctors in America® for 2017-2018. The prestigious recognition marks the eleventh time that Dr. Andrew Olinde has earned this honor. He was the only Vascular Surgeon to receive this award in Baton Rouge. The highly regarded Best Doctors in America® List, assembled by Best Doctors, Inc. and audited and certified by Gallup® results from exhaustive polling of close to 40,000 physicians in the United States. In a confidential review, current physician listees answer the question, “If you or
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Average Carotid Artery Surgery Recovery Time

If you are scheduled to undergo carotid artery surgery, it is likely being performed to clear a blockage that’s causing the artery to narrow. Once cleared, proper blood flow to your brain is restored. The surgery lasts a few hours, but after that, what can you expect in terms of recovery time? At Baton Rouge Vascular Specialty Center, we perform surgeries based on your unique treatment plan, then map your recovery according to your individual goals, health and lifestyle. However, there are some general timelines for carotid artery surgery recovery we can share. Average carotid artery recovery time After surgery, most
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First in Southern Louisiana to Perform New Stroke Prevention Procedure

Baton Rouge, La. – Last week, a patient at Baton Rouge General was among the first in the country to benefit from a new stroke prevention procedure. Dr. Vince Weaver, a vascular surgeon at Vascular Specialty Center, is the first physician in South Louisiana and the only physician in Baton Rouge to perform a new, minimally invasive procedure that reverses the blood flow through the brain to divert blood clots and plaque away from the brain to prevent blockage and stroke. “Strokes can be tragic and life-altering, and I’m thrilled to be able to offer such an important new option
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