What is it?

Cerebrovascular disease includes a number of medical conditions that affect the blood vessels of our brain and the cerebral blood circulation. The arteries that supplies oxygen and nutrients to the brain can be damaged or deformed in these disorders. Common presentation of cerebrovascular disease can be ischemic stroke or hemorrhagic stroke.

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Signs & symptoms

The symptoms of cerebrovascular disease depend on the location of the blockage and its impact on brain tissue. Different events may have different effects, but common symptoms include:
- A severe and sudden headache
- Paralysis of one side of the body
- Weakness on one side
- Confusion
- Difficulty communicating, including slurred speech
- Losing vision on one side
- Loss of balance
- Becoming unconscious


The majority of cerebrovascular problems can be identified through diagnostic imaging tests. These tests allow neurosurgeons to view the arteries and vessels in and around the brain and the brain tissue itself. Types of imaging that can be performed:
- Cerebral angiography
- Carotid duplex (also called carotid ultrasound)
- Computed tomography (CT or CAT scan)
- Doppler ultrasound
- Electroencephalogram (EEG)
- Lumbar puncture (spinal tap)
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Magnetic Resonance Angiogram (MRA)


The specific treatment depends on the type of cerebrovascular disease that you have. However, the treatment focuses on improving your brain’s blood flow. Based on the cause of the loss of blood flow, your doctor will choose among several treatment options. The most effective treatment for you will depend on the extent of the loss of blood flow. Most cases are treated with medication (Blood Pressure medication, Cholesterol medication and Blood Thinners). In more severe cases, surgery to remove plaque or blockages, or to insert a stent may be required.

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

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