A seizure is a neurologic condition in which the brain experiences abnormal or excessive electrical activity. When a person is prone to getting seizures, then they have a condition known as epilepsy. A person has epilepsy if they experience two or more unprovoked seizures greater than 24 hours apart from each other or one seizure with a high risk for recurrence. A seizure can be provoked in unusual circumstances such as very low or high blood sugars and use or abrupt withdrawal of certain medications. An estimated 3.4 million people suffer from epilepsy in the United States.
Epilepsy can profoundly affect daily life. Our multidisciplinary team works with our patients to improve and manage seizures and symptoms. Throughout the US, roughly two thirds of patients are seizure free with medication alone.
For those with epilepsy that are unable to become seizure free on medication alone, we offer specialized treatment that is not commonly available.
With individualized and specialized care, we can help improve your quality of life.
The Epilepsy Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine is a Level 4 Epilepsy Center — the highest possible level. This designation means that we provide the most comprehensive and cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment resources available, as well as surgical and minimally invasive surgical treatments. It is awarded by the National Association for Epilepsy Centers.
In addition to our specialized focus, the Epilepsy Center is part of Weill Cornell Medicine Neurology Department, which is ranked as one of the top 3 programs of its kind nationwide, in partnership with NewYork-Presbyterian, one of the top hospitals nationwide.