Neurovascular conditions are among some of the most frightening diseases; they are often life-threatening and tend to arise suddenly with little or no warning. With the right knowledge and reliable emergency care, however, it is possible to live without fear of these complex circulatory conditions that can affect the brain and spine. We take a look at a few of the most common neurovascular diseases to help you stay smart about your neurological health.
Cerebral aneurysms, also referred to as brain aneurysms, are weakened areas of blood vessels in the brain tissue. Small, non-ruptured aneurysms are not an immediate threat to brain health, but they could become life-threatening if they grow large enough to press on nearby nerves, leak, or burst. In these instances, aneurysms will mimic the symptoms of stroke and cause similar damage. If an aneurysm is diagnosed before it ruptures, it may be treated using minimally invasive techniques to place a stent or coils that support the weakened arterial walls.
Many neurovascular conditions like aneurysms occur without clear causes, but damage may also be sourced to traumatic brain injuries that damage the blood vessels in the brain or neck. When head trauma occurs, it may lead to internal bleeding that threatens the health of the brain tissue. The severity of head injuries may not always be clear at first, so it is always best to be safe with an immediate, thorough examination of the injury.
Acute ischemic stroke is by far the most common type of stroke, accounting for about 80% of all stroke cases. It occurs when there is a sudden blockage of the blood vessels that carry oxygenated blood to the brain, and emergency response is needed to restore blood flow and minimize the damage to brain tissue. While the exact time a stroke will occur can’t be predicted, there are factors that may lead to a high stroke risk such as obesity, high cholesterol, hypertension, and previous occurrence of stroke or transient ischemic attack.
With the Neuroendovascular Program and Trauma II Center at Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks, you can rest assured that you will get the quick, specialized care you need when the unexpected occurs. For a closer look at our neurological care and emergency department, visit our website or call (805) 497-2727 to reach our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line.