Stroke Specialist

Advanced Cardiac Care PLLC

Michael Avaricio, MD

Cardiologist located in Ozone Park, NY

Did you know that up to 80% of all strokes could be prevented by changing the lifestyle factors that increase your risk? At Advanced Cardiac Care PLLC, Michael Avaricio, MD, offers a full range of stroke services, from assessing your risk and helping you make changes to prevent a stroke, to comprehensive stroke and post-stroke treatment. To schedule an appointment, call the office in the Ozone Park area of Queens, New York, or use the online booking feature.


What causes a stroke?

A stroke occurs when blood flow to your brain is interrupted or reduced. As a result, your brain doesn’t get oxygen and brain cells quickly die. You can reduce your risk for brain damage and improve your recovery by getting treatment within the first four hours following a stroke.


What symptoms develop during a stroke?

The FAST acronym reminds you of the top three signs of a stroke, while also prompting you to get emergency medical care quickly. FAST stands for:

  • Face: One side of your mouth or face may droop
  • Arm: One arm may feel weak
  • Speech: You may find it hard to speak or understand others
  • Time: Call 911 immediately


Strokes also cause a variety of other symptoms, including:

  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Blurry or double vision
  • Severe headache
  • Difficulty walking
  • Loss of balance

These symptoms appear suddenly when they’re caused by a stroke.


What are the different types of strokes?

There are two primary types of strokes: hemorrhagic and ischemic. Hemorrhagic strokes develop when a blood vessel ruptures. Ischemic strokes, the most common type, occur when an artery serving the brain is blocked by a blood clot or plaque.

Another type of stroke, a transient ischemic attack (TIA), is called a mini-stroke because it only lasts a few minutes and doesn’t lead to permanent brain damage. However, you should seek treatment for a TIA because it’s a sign that you have a partially blocked artery, and you’re at risk of a full-blown stroke in the future.


How is a stroke treated?

Your treatment depends on the type of stroke. For ischemic strokes, the goal is to restore blood flow, while treatment for a hemorrhagic stroke focuses on stopping the bleeding and reducing pressure in your brain.

Ischemic strokes are treated with medication to dissolve the clot. You may need an endovascular procedure using a catheter to remove the clot, or a balloon angioplasty to remove plaque. The initial treatment for a hemorrhagic stroke is often medication, but many patients need surgery to repair the blood vessels.

Dr. Avaricio offers comprehensive stroke care, beginning with assessing your risk and creating a plan to prevent a stroke, and continuing through post-stroke management and full support during your rehabilitation.

To have your risk of stroke assessed or to receive compassionate post-stroke care, call Advanced Cardiac Care or schedule an appointment online.