Epilepsy and Neurology Services at UnityPoint Health | Des Moines

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Altoona

2720 8th St. SW
Altoona, Iowa 50009

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ingersoll

2103 Ingersoll Ave., Ste. 2
Des Moines, Iowa 50312

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Urgent Care - Ankeny

3625 N. Ankeny Blvd.
Suite E
Ankeny, Iowa 50023

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Urgent Care - Lakeview

6000 University Avenue
Suite 101
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

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Urgent Care - Merle Hay

4020 Merle Hay Road
Suite 100
Des Moines, Iowa 50310

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Urgent Care - Southglen

6520 SE 14th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50320

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Urgent Care - Urbandale

2901 86th Street
Urbandale, Iowa 50322

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About Epilepsy 

Seizures are caused by sudden bursts of excessive and uncontrolled electrical activity in the brain. Seizures can cause partial or complete loss of consciousness, confusion, nonsensical speech, bizarre behavior, involuntary muscle jerks or movements, unusual sensations, or loss of ability to speak.

One in ten persons will have a seizure during his or her life. The tendency to have recurrent unprovoked seizures is called epilepsy or seizure disorder. Epilepsy affects more than 3 million Americans. It has a considerable impact on health, employment, and quality of life.

Epilepsy Treatments 

  • Most patients respond to anti-epileptic medications. Currently there are over 20 seizure medications available.  However, many people will require other forms of treatment. 
  • Brain surgery to resect the abnormal brain tissue causing the seizures is increasingly being utilized for patients with intractable epilepsy. This is done after a very thorough evaluation. Not everybody qualifies for this surgery, and those patients may benefit from other treatments. 
  • Vagus Nerve stimulation uses a device to send electrical impulses through the vagus nerve to the brain. This can decrease seizure frequency in many patients who failed medications with relatively low risk of side effects. 
  • A high fat, low carbohydrate diet (ketogenic diet) has been found to decrease the frequency of seizures. It is a well-established therapy for children with intractable seizures, and is also used for adult patients with hard to treat seizures.
  • Many other innovative epilepsy therapies are being explored and carry great promise for patients and their care givers.