What is it?

Cerebral small vessel disease is a neurological condition that affects the small blood vessels in the brain. It can result in damage to the white matter of the brain, which can lead to a range of symptoms and complications.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms of CSVD can include cognitive impairment, such as difficulties with memory and thinking, as well as changes in mood and behavior. Other common symptoms can include difficulty with balance and coordination, headaches, and problems with vision.


CSVD is typically diagnosed through a combination of medical history, physical exam, and imaging studies, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The MRI can show signs of damage to the white matter of the brain, such as small lesions or areas of tissue loss.


There is no cure for CSVD, but treatment may involve managing symptoms and reducing the risk of further damage to the brain. Treatment options may include medications to control blood pressure and prevent blood clots, as well as lifestyle changes such as regular exercise and a healthy diet.

In addition, treatment may also involve addressing underlying conditions that may be contributing to CSVD, such as diabetes, high cholesterol, or sleep apnea. In some cases, rehabilitation therapy may also be helpful for improving balance and coordination.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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