Dr. Nikesh Ardeshna
November is epilepsy awareness month
• Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the U.S. after migraine, stroke, and Alzheimer's disease.
• According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, epilepsy affects 2.2 million Americans and 65 million people worldwide.
• Epilepsy strikes most often among the very young and the very old.
• Returning veterans are also affected as studies show an increased risk of developing epilepsy following traumatic brain injury.
• Epilepsy is among the least understood of major chronic medical conditions.
• While medications and other treatments help many people of all ages who live with epilepsy, more than a million people continue to have seizures that can severely limit their school achievements, employment prospects and participation in all of life's experiences.
• Spectrum Health's comprehensive epilepsy program has been designated a Level 4 epilepsy center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC).
• Level 4 centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level of medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy, including individuals with uncontrolled seizures.
• Spectrum Health's recently expanded eight-bed epilepsy monitoring unit, located at Butterworth Hospital, is considered one of the largest in the state.
• An epilepsy monitoring unit is used to determine type of seizures and where they begin in the brain.
• Some patients have seizures that do not have clinical symptoms (subclinical)
• Patients can begin to have seizure at any age, without obvious risk factors or family history.
Courtesy: Spectrum Health