Cerebrovascular disease is a set of various conditions and diseases that result in a blockage in the blood vessels supplying blood to the brain.
Cerebrovascular disease and blood flow to the brain
The blood flow to the brain is supplied through two arteries: the carotid artery and the vertebral artery. The carotid artery splits into two sections at the top of the neck, providing blood flow to the face and internally to the brain.
A common reason for a blood flow blockage is the development of plaque, or fatty deposits lining the interior of the artery, thickening the walls of the vessel.
For the health of the patient, it is imperative that healthy blood flow is restored as quickly as possible. As brain cells do not regenerate like some other types of cells, the speed of your treatment is critical.