Advanced Treatment for Cerebrovascular Diseases
Dr. Peter Nakaji treats a variety of cerebrovascular diseases. The most common types are stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA), subarachnoid hemorrhage, and vascular dementia. These conditions are very serious, and you should seek treatment as soon as you notice their symptoms. With emergency care, Dr. Nakaji may be able to preserve your physical and neurological function. In some cases, treatment may actually save your life. If you or a loved one are experiencing the symptoms of a cerebrovascular disease, contact Barrow Brain Institute.
What Are Cerebrovascular Diseases?
There are several common cerebrovascular diseases, which occur when blood flow within the brain is completely or partially blocked. These diseases include:
· Stroke: A stroke occurs because of severe blood deprivation, which causes brain cells to die. This can lead to decreased or lost muscle control. Individual symptoms and their severity will depend on the location of the stroke and how much brain tissue is affected.
· Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA): A transient ischemic attack is often called a “mini stroke.” Caused by blood clots, a TIA occurs when blood flow to the brain stops temporarily. Symptoms mirror those of a stroke, but they are short-lived. TIAs often serve as life-saving warnings. If you experience an attack, it is vital that you seek treatment before you experience a full-scale stroke.
· Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: A stroke may result from subarachnoid hemorrhage, or leakage of blood from arteries into the brain. In many cases, hemorrhages develop due to an aneurysm. Brain injuries and birth defects can also cause subarachnoid hemorrhages.
· Vascular Dementia: Vascular dementia is a general term referring to several types of cognitive impairment. It can develop when your brain is deprived of blood and oxygen due to stroke, hemorrhage, other health conditions, or the natural effects of aging.
Are You at a Higher Risk?
As adults age, the risk of cerebrovascular diseases increases. However, there are other factors that can increase your risks:
· High blood pressure
· Being overweight
· Atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat)
· High cholesterol
· Alcohol abuse
Healthy diet, exercise, and other lifestyle changes can reduce your risk of cerebrovascular diseases. Medications can also control blood pressure and cholesterol.
Diagnosing Cerebrovascular Diseases
In many cases, Dr. Nakaji can diagnose cerebrovascular diseases based primarily on your symptoms. Memory loss, vision problems, paralysis, and difficulties with speech are all common. Dr. Nakaji will typically take CT scans and MRIs of your brain. These images will reveal any blood clots or leaks. Electrical activity tests can also measure how your brain responds to sensory stimuli.
If you or a loved one is experiencing the symptoms of a stroke, you should seek immediate medical attention. Emergency treatment can reduce brain damage, and it may save your life. If you have a hemorrhage, or if your stroke was caused by an aneurysm, Dr. Nakaji may be able to clip the aneurysm or perform endovascular coiling to keep aneurysms from rupturing.
If a cerebrovascular disease has affected your cognitive function or physical mobility, Dr. Nakaji may refer you to a specialist. Physical or speech therapy may help to regain some or all of your lost abilities.
Contact Us for More Information
Cerebrovascular diseases require expert care. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation with a recognized leader in the field.