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. MMMC is a The Joint Commission-certified primary stroke center. This means that our experts have everything they need to rapidly diagnose and treat strokes right here on Maui.
- Cerebral aneurysm (a ballooning of a blood vessel in the brain).
- Subarachnoid and subdural hemorrhage (bleeding around the brain).
- Seizure and epilepsy.
- Infections of the central nervous system, such as meningitis.
- Myelopathies (spinal cord diseases).
- Neuropathy (nerve damage).
- Multiple sclerosis.
- Myasthenia gravis (an autoimmune disease).
- Brain and spinal tumors.
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:
Arm or leg weakness.
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.
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:
- Neurosurgeons who are recognized throughout Hawaii and the mainland as leaders in their specialty.
- Interventional neuroradiology. Our team uses catheters and other instruments to treat conditions such as stroke and brain aneurysm.
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.