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Stroke Santa Monica, CA

In past years, stroke was the fourth-highest leading cause of death in the United States. Thanks to advances in medical technology and treatments, it now ranks fifth. This is still high, but it also means thousands of lives have been saved, and people who have had a stroke often recover to enjoy a better quality of life.

Treatment for a stroke depends on the type of stroke the patient is experiencing. The ischemic stroke is caused when a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain is blocked by a blood clot. This is the most common type of stroke, affecting 87% of all stroke victims. Treatment for these types of strokes involve removing or breaking up the clot.

Less common, but still devastating, is the hemorrhagic stroke. In this case, the patient experiences a ruptured blood vessel within the brain. The goal of treating hemorrhagic stroke is to stop the bleeding.

Symptoms of a Stroke

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of a stroke and calling 9-1-1 immediately are key in minimizing the effects. Once the stroke has occurred, there is a three-hour window for a stroke victim to get the help needed for optimal recovery.

By acting F.A.S.T., you can improve the person’s chances for recovery. This simple test can be used by anyone for assessing a possible stroke victim:

  • F – Face: Ask the person to smile and check to see if one side of the face droops.
  • A – Arms: Ask the person to raise his or her arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • S – Speech: Have the person repeat a simple phrase. Listen for slurred or strange speech.
  • T – Time: If any of these symptoms are present, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Record the time at which you notice the first signs of a problem. This will help the medical team decide the best treatment. Call an ambulance rather than driving to the hospital yourself. The medical team can begin to administer help immediately, and time is all-important when dealing with stroke.

Transient ischemic attacks can be brief and clear up after only a few minutes. It can be tempting to ignore these minor occurrences, but they are signs of a serious medical condition that needs treatment. Any signs of a stroke, no matter how short-lived, should be addressed by a medical professional.

You can call on Dr. Michael for guidance and follow-up care if you or a loved one has experienced a stroke. Contact our office today for information or to schedule an appointment to assess your risk for stroke.

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Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

Gianpaolo von Nacher

Dr. Michael has been our family doctor for over 10 years. He has always been the main pillar in our family care; specially a few years ago when my father wouldn’t have been able to get through a very difficult period without his care. He always goes the extra mile. His staff is amazing. Anita, his nurse, always efficient, loving and caring. Aileen, in the front desk, always responsive and helpful. I’m very grateful to have them on our side.

Mark B

I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404



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