Types of Strokes
- Ischemic stroke occurs when a clot obstructs a blood vessel in the brain. This prevents oxygen and nutrients from reaching the affected part of the brain. This is the most common type of stroke, occurring in 87% of patients.
- Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when weakened blood vessels within the brain rupture and bleed into the surrounding tissues. This bleeding causes compression of some of the surrounding tissues, which results in brain damage. The most common type of hemorrhagic stroke is an aneurysm (a blood vessel that bursts) caused by uncontrolled high blood pressure. Another type of hemorrhagic stroke is AVM or arteriovenous malfunctions. AVM is a congenital defect that occurs when some of the blood vessels have structural problems. AVM also creates a higher risk for aneurysms because of congenital weakness in the blood vessels themselves.
- TIA or Transient Ischemic stroke is also referred to as a “mini-stroke.” It is caused by a temporary clot in the brain, and symptoms of this type of stroke are very mild. However, these should be taken seriously because they are a big warning that a full-blown stroke will occur next and put a person at much higher risk.
- Cryptogenic stroke is from an unknown cause but can also be quite debilitating.
- Brain Stem stroke occurs in the stem of the brain instead of the brain itself. Symptoms can be milder in some cases depending on the degree of stroke, but these types of strokes can also be fatal.
After-effects of a stroke can affect different bodily functions depending on where in the brain the stroke occurs. If the stroke occurs on the left side of the brain, it usually affects the right side of the body; if it occurs on the right side of the brain, the left side of the body is affected.
The degree to which the brain is damaged determines the extent of the after-effects, rehabilitation needs, and the amount of permanent disability.
Because the brain controls every function in the human body, many areas can be affected, sometimes permanently. However, the after-effects of stroke can also be helped immensely by rehabilitation and therapy. The time for recovery can take weeks to months to years, depending on the severity of the stroke.
Here at the Brain Treatment Center Dallas, Dr. Miller and his staff offer MeRT, a treatment protocol for symptomatic changes after stroke. MeRT stands for Magnetic E (for EEG and EKG) Resonance Treatment.
While the neuromodulation equipment used in the MeRT process is FDA-cleared to treat depression which has been resistant to medications, we also use it off-label for other disorders in the practice of medicine. These include other brain disorders.
MeRT is a cutting-edge treatment protocol that combines technologies of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS, an FDA-cleared therapy), Quantitative Electroencephalogram (qEEG), and Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) to analyze and formulate treatments tailored for each person’s unique brain pattern.
How MeRT Differs from Standard TMS
TMS modulates the brain’s electrical activity by using magnetic fields which pass through the scalp from an electromagnetic coil. However, it is important to note that TMS is a generalized approach to neuromodulation because it can only target a single location in the brain with a single frequency.
MeRT is a unique and improved version of TMS, as it is a much more individualized approach to brain modulation. It is tailored to the patient’s needs based on frequency, location, and power used.
We perform a quantitative EEG before modulation treatment starts in order to determine exactly the frequency of each person’s brain.
The patient’s initial tests are analyzed very carefully as to the brain’s pattern of function and activity. Through this detailed analysis, we can determine the correct neural synchronization. This information is then used to devise a highly personalized protocol for each patient, with the purpose of encouraging improved brain communication. Our patients have reported significant clinical improvements after going through treatment.*
Treatment for the after-effects of stroke usually lasts four to six weeks, with possible follow-up at varying intervals. We can also perform this treatment alongside other stroke therapies or after a patient completes rehabilitation therapies. Appointments are 30 to 45 minutes, Monday through Friday. Generally, patients report that they feel improvements even in the first few weeks.*
Brain Treatment Center Dallas
Contact our New Patient Coordinator for more Information
When many patients come to see us, they have lost hope as they don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel. It’s rewarding as a practitioner to be able to help so many people realize a much better “normal” and a greatly improved quality of life.
If you have questions or would like to discuss our Treatment Protocols, we offer a Free Consultation by phone. Our New Patient Coordinator will take the time to listen and explain. She is able to answer most questions and discuss our protocols, scheduling, fees, and other information. She is happy to assist you in any way she can.
Please call us to get more information about how our clinic and Dr. Miller may be able to help you with your health goals and to schedule an initial screening to see if MeRT may be an option.
Unfortunately, we do not accept insurance nor file it on your behalf. However, we can provide you with CPT codes and a billing breakdown that you may submit to your insurance for possible reimbursement for FDA-cleared conditions, such as Major Depressive Disorder and OCD. On occasion, individuals have been successful in receiving reimbursement for EEGs and clinical evaluations, and possibly other elements for treatment, depending on the individual’s coverage. It has been our experience that Medicare does not reimburse any of the treatment costs.
For conditions other than Major Depressive Disorder and OCD, because treatment is considered “off-label,” insurance rarely reimburses any of the costs associated with treatment.
Starting as a New Patient
When you start as a new patient at the Brain Treatment Center Dallas, you will initially need two appointments, approximately two days apart. Both appointments will be about an hour long. These appointments will determine if Dr. Miller feels you can truly benefit from the MeRT program. If so, we will develop a tailored treatment plan based on your test results.
Once you have completed the testing and consultation, you are not obliged to begin treatment. This is something that you will determine once you have seen your test results and consulted with Dr. Miller.
At the first appointment, we will go over your reasons for seeking help, your medical history, your health goals, and all your symptoms. You will then begin initial testing, which will involve an EEG and an EKG. These are both completely painless and easy and done right in our office.
We then send your information and test results to our scientific and clinical teams. Together with Dr. Miller, they will carefully analyze the results and determine the current state and functioning of your brain.
We use a patented, scientific approach with the neurophysiological data gathered through testing to develop a highly customized treatment plan aimed at encouraging healthy brain communication and function.
At your second appointment, you will meet with Dr. Miller for a consultation. He will discuss your test results and whether he and our scientific team feel that you may achieve results through our treatment protocol. This appointment will also serve to answer any additional questions you may have.
After that second appointment, Dr. Miller will lay out your individualized treatment plan and the protocols to be followed for the best results. At that point, you may discuss fees, length of treatment, and schedules and then decide whether to go forward and schedule your treatment.
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*The Results shown are based on active and strict observation of our regimens. Results may vary based on the individual user and are not guaranteed.