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What causes epilepsy?
What are the symptoms?
What are the risk factors?
If any medical treatments are ordered by my doctor, will my insurance cover them?
Who provides the medical care?

1. What causes epilepsy?

Often, the exact cause of epilepsy is not known. Stroke, head trauma and infection can be the cause, while genetics plays an important role in childhood epilepsy.

2. What are the symptoms?

The most common symptoms of valvular heart disease include weakness upon exertion, rapid heartbeat, discomfort in the chest, and fainting spells. Some patients do not experience any symptoms.

3. What are the risk factors?

Some factors that can increase the risk of developing epilepsy include:

  • Family history - having a close relative with epilepsy
  • Brain malformation - lesion in the brain
  • Head trauma
  • Brain hemorrhage
  • Lack of oxygen at birth
  • Metabolic abnormality

4. If any medical treatments are ordered by my doctor, will my insurance cover them?

Depending on the type of coverage, most commercial insurance carriers will pay the major share of the cost. You should always consult your insurance company to determine proper coverage.

5. Who provides the medical care?

The team at Advocate Christ Medical Center is staffed by a specially trained team of epileptologists, neurosurgeons, pediatric neurologists, nurses and a clinical nurse manager, who are dedicated to caring for patients with epilepsy. You will remain under the care of your primary care physician while you are treated by the specialists at Christ Medical Center. To ensure that your physician is kept up-to-date, our team will provide ongoing reports on the progress you have made.

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