Cerebral Vascular Insufficiency (Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine)
Cerebral vascular insufficiency is defined as insufficient blood flow to the brain. The most common cause of decreased blood flow is atherosclerosis of the arteries that supply blood to the brain.
Cerebral vascular insufficiency is a common condition in the older population of developed countries due to the high prevalence of atherosclerosis. The artery affected in most cases of this disease is the carotid artery, which carries most of the brain's blood supply.
Causes & symptoms
A stroke, caused by reduced blood and oxygen supply, may be an indication of severe blockage in the carotid artery. Less severe blockage may still cause "mini-strokes" or transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), which can cause symptoms of dizziness, ringing in the ears, blurred vision, and confusion. Any of these problems could indicate cerebral vascular insufficiency.
Diagnosis of cerebral vascular insufficiency is based upon the presence of one or more of the following symptoms:
- blurred vision
- vertigo (dizziness)
- lack of vigilance...
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