cerebrovascular disease

For people with cerebrovascular disease, doctors may provide drug therapy and invasive medical procedures which, in most cases, merely delay "end stage" damage — permanent physical damage that profoundly affects quality of life. Fortunately, cerebrovascular disease is a potentially reversible health condition.

Contact us today and let us help you start the reversal process. In the meantime, consider the following facts about cerebrovascular disease:

  • Cerebrovascular disease (CBVD) refers to a group of diseases related to arteries leading from the heart to the brain. These arteries can become blocked, depriving the brain cells of nutrients and oxygen.
  • Outcomes of CBVD divide into three main categories: ischemic stroke, hemorrhagic stroke, and transient ischemic attack (TIA). Ischemic stroke occurs as a result of an obstruction within a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain. It accounts for 87% of all strokes. Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a weakened blood vessel ruptures. The most common cause of hemorrhagic stroke is uncontrolled high blood pressure. TIAs are caused by a temporary clot. Often called "mini strokes," TIAs are considered warning signs that a stroke may occur in the future if nothing is done to prevent it.
  • Stroke is the leading cause of disability and the third leading cause of death in the US.
  • 1 of every 20 deaths in the US is caused by stroke.
  • Symptoms of CBVD usually develop suddenly and may include paralysis or numbness of the body and limbs, slurring of speech, blurring of vision, incontinence, abrupt onset of severe headache, unsteadiness, and fall. These symptoms should be regarded as an emergency. Seek medical attention if any of these signs or symptoms occurs.

CBVD is a potentially reversible health condition that Fettler Health can help you reverse. If it is not reversed, the following complications associated with CBVD have been known to occur:



One complication of CBVD is the occurrence of transient ischemic attacks, or TIAs. TIAs occur when a blot clot briefly blocks a blood vessel to the brain. TIAs cause the same symptoms as stroke, however, these symptoms last only a few minutes to an hour or two, but no longer than 24 hours. Fortunately, TIAs do not cause lasting damage, however, they should serve as a warning sign that a stroke may happen in the future if nothing is done to prevent it.



The most serious complication of CBVD is stroke. Stroke is a medical condition in which one part of the brain is damaged by a lack of blood supply (ischemic stroke) or bleeding occurs in the brain from a burst or leaking blood vessel (hemorrhagic stroke). When a person has a stroke, the injury to the brain can manifest itself in various ways. Stroke can affect movement, speech, behavior, memory, and emotions. Strokes can cause long-term brain damage or death.



When a person has a stroke, the injury to the brain can manifest itself in various ways. Stroke can affect movement, speech, behavior, memory, and emotions. Having a stroke also increases one’s chance of developing seizures. Seizures are brain malfunctions that alter a person’s awareness. In the first few weeks following a stroke, some stroke survivors will experience a seizure. Seizures are a sign of brain injury and are caused by sudden disorganized electrical activity in the brain. Seizures are characterized by spasms or convulsions and strike an estimated 22% of stroke survivors. Hemorrhagic strokes are more likely to produce seizures than ischemic strokes.



Strokes may result in the inability to carry out certain basic functions such as walking and talking. Some effects of stroke are permanent and others are not. Rehabilitation is one of the most important phases of recovery for many stroke survivors. The effects of stroke may mean that the person must change, relearn, or redefine how to function. Stroke rehabilitation helps patients return to independent living. For example, rehabilitation helps patients develop self-care skills (such as feeding, grooming, bathing, toileting, and dressing), mobility skills (such as transferring, walking, or self-propelling a wheelchair), communication skills (such as speech or language), and cognitive skills (such as memory or problem solving).


Revascularization Surgery

Cerebral bypass surgery is performed to restore blood flow to the brain. A cerebral bypass is the brain’s equivalent of coronary bypass in the heart. This surgery involves connecting a blood vessel from outside the brain to a vessel inside the brain in order to reroute blood flow around a damaged or blocked artery. The goal of cerebral bypass surgery is to restore blood supply to the brain and prevent strokes.



Effects of a stroke depend on several factors including the location of the obstruction. For example, if the stroke occurs in the right side of the brain, the left side of the body will be affected and the effects could include paralysis on the left side of the body, vision problems, or memory loss. If the stroke occurs in the left side of the brain, the right side of the body will be affected, leading to, in some cases, paralysis on the right side of the body, speech/language problems, or memory loss. When stroke occurs in the brain stem, it can affect both sides of the body resulting in a "locked-in" state. When a locked-in state occurs, the person is generally unable to speak or achieve any movement below the neck.

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