Sujatha Borra, M.D.

General Neurologist located in Tampa, FL & Wesley Chapel, FL

With prompt medical treatment, you can survive a stroke, and with ongoing care, you’ll continue to enjoy the life you love. Dr. Sujatha Borra specializes in treating strokes and has years of experience working with patients for the long run, helping to manage their medication and creating treatment plans that maintain their health. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Tampa, Florida.

Stroke Q & A

What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when the blood flow to the brain is reduced or blocked. Without blood, the brain is deprived of oxygen and nutrients, causing brain cells to die.

Immediate treatment can make a difference. When medications are administered within four hours, brain damage and complications are minimized, which significantly improves your recovery.

What are the symptoms of a stroke?

Since it’s important to quickly identify symptoms so you can get quick treatment, the experts developed an acronym to help you remember the symptoms — FAST — which stands for:

  • Face: one side of the face droops
  • Arm: weakness in one arm
  • Speech: slurred speech or difficulty speaking
  • Time: time is of the essence, so call 9-1-1 immediately

In addition to the symptoms included in FAST, people who suffer a stroke may also experience:

  • Confusion
  • Sudden and severe headache
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Difficulty walking
  • Loss of balance

What are the different types of stroke?

Although “stroke” sounds like it’s just one type of disease, there are three different types of strokes:

Ischemic stroke

Ischemic strokes account for about 87% of all strokes. An ischemic stroke is caused by an obstruction, such as a blood clot, that narrows the arteries and blocks blood flow.

Hemorrhagic stroke

This type of stroke occurs when a weakened wall in a blood vessel ruptures. High blood pressure is the most common cause of a hemorrhagic stroke, but it can also be due to an aneurysm or arteriovenous malformation.

Transient ischemic attack (TIA)

Also called a mini-stroke, a TIA occurs when you experience a temporary decline in the blood supply to part of your brain. TIAs are frequently caused by a blood clot. About one in three people who have a TIA go on to have a stroke.

The symptoms of a TIA are the same as those for a stroke, but the acute attack only lasts a few minutes and most symptoms are gone within an hour.

How are strokes treated?

As a specialist in brain conditions, Dr. Borra is an invaluable professional to help manage your treatment and recovery following a stroke. She works closely with each patient, monitoring medications to treat blood clots and underlying health conditions, following your progress, and performing ongoing diagnostics to evaluate your health.

If you’ve experienced a TIA, don’t hesitate to start treatment immediately to prevent a future stroke. Call Dr. Borra or use online booking to schedule an appointment.