Cerebrovascular disease refers to a group of conditions, diseases, and disorders that affect the blood vessels and blood supply to the brain.
One of the giant killers of this century, strokes (brain attacks) have devastating consequences- not just the brain and body, often thinking, speech, memory & understanding are all affected.
Cerebrovascular disease can develop from a variety of causes, including atherosclerosis, where the arteries become narrow; thrombosis, or embolic arterial blood clot, which is a blood clot in an artery of the brain; or cerebral venous thrombosis, which is a blood clot in a vein of the brain. If a blockage, malformation, or hemorrhage prevents the brain cells from getting enough oxygen, brain damage can result.
Cerebrovascular disease can develop from a variety of causes, including atherosclerosis, where the arteries become narrow; thrombosis, or embolic arterial blood clot, which is a blood clot in an artery of the brain; or cerebral venous thrombosis, which is a blood clot in a vein of the brain.
The symptoms of cerebrovascular disease depend on the location of the blockage and its impact on brain tissue.
Different events may have different effects, but common symptoms include:
a severe and sudden headache
paralysis of one side of the body, or hemiplegia
weakness on one side, also known as hemiparesis
difficulty communicating, including slurred speech
losing vision on one side
loss of balance
Urgent medical attention is essential if anyone shows symptoms of a cerebrovascular attack because it can have long term effects, such as cognitive impairment and paralysis.
While the diagnosis is clinical, brain imaging, electrophysiology, blood tests to rule out reversible causes or indeed contributing factors and a thorough pre-rehabilitation assessment including evaluation for co-morbidities (associated conditions) will be required in all instances. At Buddhi Clinic our assessment includes standard outcome indicators for activities of daily life, quality of life, neuro-disability and mental health.
Acute strokes need medical management in hospital, most often, including emergency use of clot busting drugs as appropriate. After the initial care, patients with strokes need rehabilitation to commence at the earliest.
Read our Beyond Medication story of rehabilitating the elder with stroke
At Buddhi Clinic we have a comprehensive approach to strokes & cerebrovascular disease. Our in-depth assessment addresses the body, brain and mind in great depth and detail. We identify the key targets of rehabilitation in each individual- physical disability, co-ordination problems, speech and language difficulties, cognition & memory difficulties, depression, anxiety, and behavioral/ emotional problems. We address the problems comprehensively using an integrative approach that blends modern healthcare with ancient wisdom.
Our integrative approach, beyond medication, stimulates the brain and stabilises the mind and includes neuromodulation (rTMS & tDCS), cognitive stimulation, supportive counselling for post-stroke depression and a range of holistic interventions, Ayurveda, Naturopathy & Yoga that help calm the mind and restore normal functioning.
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Over months, Varadarajan has made a steady recovery. His cognitive difficulties have largely remitted, his walking has improved, so much so, that he now does 5 kms on his own and walks his dog as well; his mood has improved, anxiety reduced and confidence levels have been boosted considerably.
At the heart of Buddhi Clinic is integration. We firmly believe that putting a multidisciplinary team together under one roof, to care for you, is merely the first step. To be effective and add life to years, the team has to perform in synchrony. It is here that our unique world class model, developed diligently through years of painstaking research, comes into being.