Steven Kosa, MD, neurologist, Belton Regional Medical Center TIA Clinic

As a leading cause of death and disability in the United States, stroke impacts the lives of 795,000 individuals annually. Accurate and timely diagnosis is key to helping anyone who experiences the onset of stroke receive the most appropriate drugs and most advanced stroke treatments. Known for its community-based patient care for more than 25 years, Belton Regional Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City’s largest healthcare network—is pleased to announce the opening of a transient ischemic attack (TIA) Clinic on March 5, 2013.

According to the American Stroke Association a TIA, which occurs when the brain does not receive enough blood momentarily, is a warning or mini-stroke that produces stroke-like symptoms but no lasting damage. Symptoms appear similar to a stroke, but can resolve within minutes to hours. ���Recognizing and treating TIAs can reduce the risk of a major stroke.

Symptoms of a stroke may include one or more of the following: numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body; confusion, trouble speaking or understanding; difficulty seeing in one or both eyes; trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; and severe headache with no known cause. If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 immediately.

People experiencing any of these symptoms may need to be seen in the Belton Regional Medical Center TIA Clinic. Prompt medical attention for any of these symptoms could prevent occurrence of a fatal or disabling stroke.

The TIA Clinic will provide a comprehensive one-day, thorough evaluation for stroke in one convenient location. All clinic evaluations will conclude with a consult from board-certified neurologist Steven Kosa, MD. Test results will be forwarded to the patient’s primary care provider in order to determine the best treatment plan.

Todd Krass, Belton Regional Medical Center chief executive officer, says the hospital is pleased to offer this service to the community. “The TIA Clinic at Belton Regional Medical Center is dedicated to providing convenient, high-quality care in a comfortable environment,” he says. “The TIA Clinic will provide diagnostic testing in one stop to avoid patients making several visits to multiple locations for testing.”

According to the American Stroke Association, individuals experiencing a TIA are at a greater risk for a full stroke, especially if there are additional high-risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and/or a part or current history of smoking. To make an appointment at the Belton Regional Medical Center TIA Clinic, request a physician referral or call (816) 348-1420. TIA Clinic hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays.

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