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Neurology

Getting great care for a neurological problem doesn't have to mean leaving Maui. It's comforting to know that a board-certified neurologist at Maui Health can help you when you need it most.

Maui Health offers inpatient neurology care at Maui Memorial Medical Center (MMMC). This means that a neurologist is always available, should you need specialized care during a hospital stay.

Our neurologists also provide 24/7 care for patients in the MMMC emergency room.

We treat a variety of neurological problems

Here are a few of the many conditions the neurology team at MMMC can diagnose and treat:

Stroke quiz

Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in the U.S., but it can be treated. How much do you know about stroke?

reviewed 10/1/2019

Stroke: Myth or fact?

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, every four minutes an American dies from stroke, accounting for 1 out of every 20 deaths in the country. In addition, about 610,000 people have a stroke for the first time each year. Test yourself to see if you know the facts about this condition—and how to respond to it.

Myth or fact: A stroke is a type of heart attack.

Myth. A stroke is an attack on the brain, not the heart. Most strokes occur because a clot is blocking a blood vessel to the brain. Less frequently, strokes occur because a blood vessel in the brain has ruptured.

Myth or fact: It's hard to tell if someone is having a stroke.

Myth. FAST is an acronym that can help people identify when a stroke is occurring and respond quickly. It stands for:

Facial droop.

Arm or leg weakness.

Speech difficulty.

Time to call 911 to get that person to the hospital as fast as possible.

Myth or fact: After calling 911 for help, you should give an aspirin to the person having a stroke.

Myth. That instruction might be OK for a heart attack if the operator says to, but if doesn't work for a stroke. In fact, aspirin could worsen the situation if the person is having a bleeding stroke.

Myth or fact: A stroke can occur gradually, even over several days.

Myth. Strokes occur suddenly, usually without warning. If there is a warning, it comes in the form of a temporary stroke—called a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or warning stroke. Although symptoms of a TIA are temporary, you should take them seriously and see a doctor.

Myth or fact: You can recover from a stroke.

Fact. Most strokes are caused by blood clots. These clots can be broken up and blood flow to the brain restored if you get to the hospital quickly. After that, a stroke rehabilitation program can help you recover some or possibly all of the abilities affected by the stroke.

While it's possible to recover from a stroke, it's also possible to help prevent one from occurring. The first step is to find out your risk for stroke and talk with a doctor about ways to reduce it.

Learn your stroke risk

Sources: American Heart Association; American Stroke Association; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Advanced neurology procedures close to home

MMMC is equipped with state-of-the-art imaging technologies that allow us to rapidly diagnose neurological problems. And if your condition could be helped by a medical procedure, we have you covered.

Our patients have access to:

Qualified and caring Maui neurologists

The neurologists at MMMC are part of Pacific Permanente Group. They're board-certified, highly trained and focused on providing compassionate, patient-centered care that is as good as any you might find outside Maui.

You can feel confident asking your provider to refer you to MMMC for specialized neurological care.