Cerebrovascular Disease affects the blood vessels and circulation in the brain. It has many causes such as the common build-up of thick plaque in the arteries which obstructs flow of blood to the brain. When the supply of blood is restricted or blocked to part of the brain, it can lead to cognitive disabilities, stroke, or dementia.

In the early stages, patients can experience these symptoms:

  • Limp, unresponsive muscles
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Inability to cough
  • Difficulty communicating
  • Reduced field of vision
  • Inability to recognize familiar people or objects
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Confusion
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Bowel and bladder incontinence
  • Severe headaches

Long-term symptoms of Cerebrovascular Disease can include:

  • Slow deterioration of speech
  • Loss of control for motor nerves and movement
  • Paralysis, usually on one side of the body
  • Gradual loss of consciousness or even coma

Cerebrovascular Disease often comes with old age, but can rarely occur in people as young as their 20s. It can be inherited genetically, so it’s wise to be aware of any relatives who have suffered strokes, and work with your physician to be on the lookout for warning signs such as high blood pressure. Improvements in diet and exercise can improve blood flow to the brain and throughout the body, so contact Dr. Deborah Cantrell at Elite Neuroscience Center for specialized guidance on treatment and lifestyle changes.

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