Through Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence, Rhode Island, Gayle Rebovich, MD, provides expert care to patients impacted by strokes and other neurological problems. Before becoming a physician, Gayle Rebovich, MD, earned her doctor of medicine from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
When a physician examines a patient and determines he or she has suffered a stroke, it means that blood flow to a portion of that patient’s brain has ceased. It can also mean that a breach in a blood vessel has caused blood to spill onto the brain. Both conditions result in damage to brain tissues, giving rise to neurological symptoms like paralysis, weakness, confusion, and inability to speak or to interpret speech.
About 5 percent of all deaths in America result from strokes. Overall, more than 790,000 strokes occur each year in this country, killing about 130,000 patients. The kind of stroke that interrupts blood flow represents the vast majority, with only roughly 13 percent of strokes categorized as the bleeding or hemorrhagic variety.
Gayle Rebovich, MD, provided medical support during the recent Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone by serving as part of the Ebola Treatment Unit in Port Loko. Currently, Gayle Rebovich, MD, offers neurological care as director of the University Medical Group and Roger Williams Medical Center Stroke Program.
Ebola is a relatively recent illness, first documented in the mid-1970s, when the disease spurred outbreaks in Africa. One such outbreak occurred close to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ebola River. Since then, the disease has reappeared periodically, causing the severe 2014 outbreak in West Africa that claimed the lives of thousands.
When people acquire the Ebola virus, they may experience initial flu-like symptoms, including fever, body aches, vomiting, and reduced appetite. However, symptoms can escalate into serious problems like uncontrolled bleeding. In many cases, these symptoms lead to death.
Because the virus is highly contagious, patients suspected of having Ebola ought to be isolated from healthy individuals to stop the spread of the disease. Transmission of Ebola occurs when people come into contact with the bodily fluids of infected patients.