Did you know that 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy in their lifetime? Approximately 200,000 people are diagnosed annually with epilepsy. An estimated 3 million Americans and 65 million people worldwide are currently live with the seizure disorder.
Epilepsy can affect people at various stages in their life, some develop the disorder as children, others as adults, and it can also affect the elderly. According to Dr. Joseph Sirven, Chair of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona “10% of people who have Alzheimer’s type dementia, do also have seizures or epilepsy.”
Epilepsy affects more people than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson’s combined – yet receives fewer federal dollars per patient than each of these. There are many different myths and misconceptions surrounding the disease. In fact, misinformation and epilepsy stereotypes often prevent people with this seizure disorder from getting needed care. And, because epilepsy stigma and stereotypes are so prevalent, some people misunderstand epilepsy and others with the condition hesitate to get help. It is estimated that up to 50,000 deaths occur annually in the U.S. from status epilepticus (prolonged seizures).
With November being National Epilepsy Month, Dr. Joseph Sirven, Chair of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona joined me for an interview this week to discuss epilepsy. He shared some of the most common symptoms, myths and misconceptions, common treatments including a minimally invasive laser surgery and much more.
Please watch the video below to see my interview with Dr. Joseph Sirven in its entirety. He shared a wealth of information to help those suffering from the seizure disorder, their physicians and their family members too. For even more beneficial information on epilepsy, please visit the Mayo Clinic website, the Epilepsy Foundation at epilepsy.com, the American Epilepsy Society at http://www.aesnet.org.
YouTube video: Watch Candace Rose interview Dr. Joseph Sirven, Chair of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic in honor of National Epilepsy Awareness Month.
This interview is brought to you by the Mayo Clinic. Candace Rose was not compensated by any sponsors for this interview.