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Cerebrovascular disease affects the arteries that supply the brain. Any condition that blocks or disrupts blood flow to the brain can cause cerebrovascular disease. When brain cells lose blood supply, they start to die within minutes, which results in a stroke. Stroke is the main danger of cerebrovascular disease. Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability.
Many conditions can cause cerebrovascular disease and stroke. Making diet and lifestyle changes to prevent these conditions lowers your risk of cerebrovascular disease.
By making these changes, you can also improve your overall health and quality of life.
Talk with your health care provider about your risk for cerebrovascular disease. Work with your health care provider to manage any diseases that you have that may contribute to cerebrovascular disease. Your health care provider may prescribe medicines to help prevent major causes of cerebrovascular disease.
These symptoms may represent a serious problem that is an emergency. Do not wait to see if the symptoms will go away. Get medical help right away. Call your local emergency services (911 in the U.S.). Do not drive yourself to the hospital.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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