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Cerebrovascular disease is the same as brain damage?
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
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In brief: Blood vessel disease
Cerebrovascular disease means damage to the blood vessels of the brain, causing a decrease in blood flow to areas of the brain or blockage of blood flow.
If blood flow gets too low or the vessel is block, a stroke occurs. It is the same mechanism as cardiovascular disease.

In brief: Blood vessel disease
Cerebrovascular disease means damage to the blood vessels of the brain, causing a decrease in blood flow to areas of the brain or blockage of blood flow.
If blood flow gets too low or the vessel is block, a stroke occurs. It is the same mechanism as cardiovascular disease.
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. Louise Andrew
So, what we are both saying is that cerebrovascular disease is disease in the blood vessels supplying the brain. It is not quite the same as damage to the brain, but the presence of one often leads to the other since the brain depends very highly on blood (oxygen) supply. That is why you start to die (or your brain does, and you do too) after about 4 minutes without blood flow to the brain.
Dr. Louise Andrew
Emergency Medicine
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In brief: No not necessarily
Cerebrovascular disease means there is disease or damage in the blood vessels that feed the brain.
You can have this before you sustain any brain damage. You are at risk for brain damage, though, if you have diagnosed cerebrovascular disease. If there is brain damage that is not large enough to see on a scan, you might get a diagnosis of cerebrovascular disease.

In brief: No not necessarily
Cerebrovascular disease means there is disease or damage in the blood vessels that feed the brain.
You can have this before you sustain any brain damage. You are at risk for brain damage, though, if you have diagnosed cerebrovascular disease. If there is brain damage that is not large enough to see on a scan, you might get a diagnosis of cerebrovascular disease.
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