What is a seizure?
A seizure happens when a brief, strong surge of unexpected, uncontrolled electrical activity affects all or part of the brain. Seizures can affect a variety of mental and physical functions, such as behavior, sensation and consciousness.
Seizures can have many symptoms, from convulsions and loss of consciousness, to some that aren’t always recognized by the person experiencing them or by health care professionals: blank staring, lip smacking or jerking movements of arms and legs.
One in 10 adults will have a seizure sometime in life. And, one in 100 will be diagnosed with epilepsy. A patient has epilepsy – also called “seizure disorder” – when he or she has two or more unprovoked seizures. At Providence Medical Group Epilepsy Center, our goal is understand and control seizures, reduce their debilitating side effects and restore your quality of life.
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