Stroke Specialist

Charles D Malis, MD -  - Internal Medicine & Nephrology

Concord Health Center

Charles D Malis, MD

Internal Medicine & Nephrology located in Concord, MA

A stroke is a serious medical condition and a leading cause of long-term disability in the United States. At Concord Health Center in Concord, Massachusetts, board-certified internal medicine and nephrology physician Charles Malis, MD, takes a proactive approach to medicine and can help you prevent a stroke or provide advanced treatments to aid in your recovery following a stroke. For an appointment, call the office or use the online booking feature today.

Stroke Q & A

What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when one of the arteries that supply blood to your brain gets blocked or ruptures. The lack of blood supply to your brain causes the cells to die.

If you suspect you’re having a stroke, you need to get to the nearest emergency room immediately. Early treatment may prevent severe brain damage and long-term disability.

Strokes are classified as a type of cerebrovascular disease, which is an umbrella medical term that includes all disorders that affect blood flow to the brain.

What causes a stroke?

As noted, a stroke occurs when a blood vessel to your brain gets blocked or ruptures. Medically, these causes are referred to as:

Ischemic stroke

Ischemic stroke occurs because of a blocked or narrowed blood vessel. This is the most common cause of a stroke.

Hemorrhagic stroke

A hemorrhagic stroke, also referred to as a brain aneurysm, occurs when a blood vessel to your brain ruptures or leaks.

Some people experience a transient ischemic attack (TIA), which causes a temporary decrease in blood supply to the brain. A TIA may not lead to permanent damage, but it still requires an immediate medical evaluation.

What are stroke risk factors?

Your medical history and lifestyle may place you at risk of having a stroke. Common risk factors include:

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Smoking
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Family history of stroke
  • Lack of physical activity

Your risk of having a stroke also increases after age 55. Strokes are also more common in men than in women. However, women are more likely to experience a stroke later in life.

What can I expect during a stroke evaluation?

Whether you’re seeking an evaluation to assess stroke risk or to get help managing your rehabilitation after a stroke, you can expect a comprehensive evaluation from Dr. Malis at Concord Health Center. During your evaluation, he reviews your:

  • Medical history
  • Family history
  • Medication use
  • Diet
  • Lifestyle habits

He then conducts a physical exam and orders diagnostic tests to further evaluate your health and screen for risk factors. He reviews his assessment and the results of your testing in detail with you. Then, he discusses all of your treatment options, and together you and he develop a plan of action that improves your health and wellness.

Dr. Malis offers some of the most innovative treatments for health management, and he may suggest you add L-arginine to your treatment plan to improve brain health and blood flow.

For comprehensive care from an experienced physician, call Concord Health Center today or click the online booking tool.