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.
Alzheimer's disease quiz
Alzheimer's disease: Myth or fact?
More than 5 million people in the U.S. are estimated to have Alzheimer's disease. The disorder slowly destroys a person's memory and thinking skills to the point where the individual can't carry out simple activities. How much do you know about Alzheimer's?
Myth or fact: Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia.
Fact. Dementia is a progressive, irreversible decline in mental function. It can be caused by many illnesses or other health problems. In some cases, a person can have both Alzheimer's and vascular dementia, which results from having multiple small strokes. People with dementia may have difficulty thinking, learning and using language.
Myth or fact: Cognitive difficulties are always linked to Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia.
Myth. Medications can sometimes cause cognitive difficulties. So can vitamin B12 deficiency and chronic alcoholism. Stress, anxiety or depression also can be mistaken for Alzheimer's.
Myth or fact: Serious memory problems are just a normal part of aging.
Myth. Age-related changes in the brain can make you more forgetful in older age. The name of someone you recently met might slip your mind. You might not learn new things as quickly as you once did. But more serious memory problems—like forgetting to attend important events or remembering which roads lead to home—are not a normal part of aging.
Myth or fact: Alzheimer's disease can be fatal.
Fact. Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. Alzheimer's kills brain cells and causes a loss of bodily functions. People with severe Alzheimer's cannot communicate or take care of themselves. They may spend all of their time in bed as their bodies shut down.
Myth or fact: Drinking out of aluminum cans or using aluminum cookware can cause Alzheimer's disease.
Myth. In the 1960s and '70s it was proposed as a cause of Alzheimer's disease. While foods cooked in aluminum pots and pans are now considered to be safe, scientists are still exploring a possible connection between other sources of aluminum and Alzheimer's.
Myth or fact: There is no cure for Alzheimer's disease.
Fact. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved medications that can slow down the worsening of symptoms in some people, but the effects are only temporary. Currently, there are no treatments that cure or stop the progression of Alzheimer's disease.
Memory problems often are one of the first signs of Alzheimer's disease, but this can vary from person to person. Learning more about the signs of the disease could help you get a loved one the help he or she may need.
Sources: Alzheimer's Association; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Institute on Aging
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.