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Welcome to the West Kentucky Epilepsy Center 

West Kentucky Epilepsy Center
Medical Arts Building
300 South 8th Street, Suite 301 East
Murray, KY 42071
Phone: (270) 762-1566
Fax: (270) 762-1584

The West Kentucky Epilepsy Center consists of a multidisciplinary team of dedicated professionals focused on improving the lives of patients and families who are living with epilepsy. The Center offers state-of-the-art medical and pre-surgical treatment for the management of epilepsy in adults, adolescents, and children.
 
Dr. Jimmy Couch, Neurologist, has established the West Kentucky Regional Epilepsy Center, the first of its kind in Western Kentucky. The epilepsy center has been recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers and is one of 145 other designated centers. The epilepsy center is only the third to be established in Kentucky with the other centers located at the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky.
 
Dr. Jimmy E. Couch will serve as the Director of the center. Dr. Couch graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky, and completed his medical degree at Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2004. He completed both an internship in internal medicine as well as his residency at the Medical University of South Carolina.
 
Dr. Couch also received specific training to become an Epileptologist and is specialized in the treatment of epilepsy. He completed his Epilepsy Fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina.
 
He is a member of the American Medical Association, Kentucky Osteopathic Association and the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Couch is Board Certified in the specialty of Neurology, by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc.

What is a Seizure?
A seizure is the result of a sudden burst of excess electrical activity in the brain. This causes the brainís messages to become temporarily halted or mixed up. The type of seizure a person has depends on the area of the brain where this activity occurs.
 
What is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy is currently defined as a tendency to have recurrent seizures. A seizure is caused by a sudden burst of excess electrical activity in the brain, causing a temporary disruption in the normal message passing between brain cells. The brain is responsible for all the functions of your body, so what you experience during a seizure will depend on where in your brain the epileptic activity begins and how widely and rapidly it spreads. For this reason, there are many different types of seizures and each person will experience epilepsy in a way that is unique to them.
 
The main treatment options for people with epilepsy include:

  • Medications
  • Surgery
  • Vagus nerve stimulation
  • Dietary treatment such as ketogenic diet

A full complement of advanced diagnostic tests is available for diagnosis, seizure classification and treatment, including evaluation for surgical treatment of epilepsy. The center combines video and EEG monitoring of patients to determine epilepsy type, number and location of seizure onset in the brain. Monitoring results are supplemented by other diagnostic procedures, including MRI and PET scanning.

Murray Epilepsy Support Group Meeting
6 pm - 7:30 pm
Second Thursday of the Month
Location: Medical Arts Building
300 South 8th Street, Suite 301 East
Murray, KY 42071
 
For more information call: 270-762-1566

 
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Murray-Calloway County Hospital
803 Poplar Street
Murray, KY  42071
(270) 762-1100

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