Stroke Institute

A stroke occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. When this happens, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain – such as memory and muscle control – are lost. How a person is affected by their stroke depends on where the stroke occurs in the brain and how much the brain is damaged.

Knowing the signs and symptoms of a stroke is the first step to ensuring medical help is received immediately. For each minute a stroke goes untreated and blood flow to the brain continues to be blocked, a person loses about 1.9 million neurons. This could mean that a person’s speech, movement, memory, and so much more can be affected.

Stroke symptoms include:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm, or leg especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

From the minute a patient is diagnosed as having a stroke or being at risk of a stroke, the medical staff at FWNC begins an aggressive regimen of care and rehabilitation. An array of diagnostic and treatment options includes:

  • Computed tomographic scan
  • MRI
  • Diffusion-weighted MRI
  • Doppler ultrasound
  • Digital subtraction angiography
  • Anti-platelet therapy
  • Anti-coagulant therapy
  • Thrombolytic agents
  • Balloon angioplasty or stenting of carotid artery

In addition, some stroke patients require special therapy after they leave the hospital. FWNC offers physical, occupational, speech, and recreational therapy to help a patient achieve maximum quality of life.

 

Resources:

National Stroke Association

StrokeCareNow Network

James C. Stevens, M.D., F.A.S.M.

James C. Stevens, M.D., F.A.S.M.

NEUROLOGIST / SLEEP DISORDERS

Dr. Stevens has been a private practicing neurologist and specialist in sleep disorders medicine at the Fort Wayne Neurological Center for the past 30years. He received his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine, where he graduated at the top of his class, receiving AOA honors his junior year. He completed his neurology resident training at Indiana University where he was a multi-year recipient of the Alexander Ross Award for outstanding neurologic research. He currently serves as a Professor of Neurology for the IUSM and is currently serving as President-elect of AAN. In addition, Dr. Stevens has been recognized annually as one the “Best Doctors in America”, and has been a recipient of the “Patients Choice Award” since 2008 as one of the outstanding physicians in the United States and has received multi-year recognition as the “Top Doc” in Neurology by the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.

EDUCATION
- B.A., Biological Sciences with Highest Distinction, 1979, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
- M.D., Doctor of Medicine with Honors, 1983, Indiana University School of Medicine, Bloomington, Indiana

RESIDENCY
- Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Neurology, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1984-1987

CERTIFICATION
- American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology
- American Board of Sleep Medicine

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
- Director, Sleep DIsorders Laboratory, St. Joseph Medical Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana; 989-present
- Director, Lutheran Hospital Regional Sleep Lab, Fort Wayne, Indiana; 1989-present
- Instructor of Clinical Neurology for the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana; 1989-present
- Lutheran Hospital Executive Committee, Fort Wayne, Indiana; 1996-present
- Lutheran Hospital Medicine Committee, Fort Wayne, Indiana; 1990-present
- Lutheran Hospital Staff Selection Committee, Fort Wayne, Indiana; 1990-present
- Lutheran Hospital Critical Care Committee, Fort Wayne, Indiana; 2000-present
- Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Wayne Executive Committee, Fort Wayne, Indiana; 1994-present
- American Academy of Neurology; 2001-present; Vice Chairman 2005-present
- American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Boston, MA; 1989, 2001-present
- American Academy of Neurology Member
- American Medical Association Member
- Fellow of the American Sleep Disorders Association Member
- Indiana Neurological Society Member
- Fort Wayne Medical Society Member

Andrea L. Haller, M.D.

Andrea L. Haller, M.D.

NEUROLOGIST / SLEEP DISORDERS SPECIALIST

Dr. Andrea Haller is board certified in neurology and sleep medicine. She grew up in Connecticut, and she earned her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. Dr. Haller attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco. After completing her neurology residency, Dr. Haller entered private practice in Indianapolis. She served as the Medical Director of the Stroke Service at Community Hospital North until she moved to Fort Wayne in 2014. Dr. Haller enjoys working with patients of all ages, and she has experience treating a wide variety of neurological illnesses.

EDUCATION
- B.A. Psychology, 1990, Summa Cum Laude, Harvard University, Cambridge Massachusetts
- M.D., 1997, University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco, California

RESIDENCY
- Internal Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, California, 1997 - 1998
- Department of Neurology, University of Carlifornia, San Francisco, California, 1998 - 2001

CERTIFICATION
- USMLE Steps 1, 2, and 3
- Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Neurology
- Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Sleep Medicine

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
- American Academy of Neurology Member
- American Academy of Sleep Medicine Member
- American Heart Association Member
- American Stroke Association Member
- Indiana Neurological Society Member
- Indiana State Medical Association Member
- Indianapolis Medical Society Member
- Fort Wayne Medical Society Member