Is Stroke A Vascular Disease?

Did you know that approximately 795,000 Americans have a stroke (or “cerebrovascular accident”) on an annual basis? And with such an incident proving deadly to some, it’s important to have a full understanding of what, exactly, a stroke is, as well as what causes a stroke.

Consequently, you may be wondering: “Is a stroke a vascular disease?”

Here’s what you need to know:

The Causes of Stroke

A stroke is essentially a brain injury that manifests itself as sudden trouble with speaking or slurred speech. This may include sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body, including the face, arm, or leg. Sudden balance disturbances, trouble walking, or even sudden visual disturbances may also be possible.

Strokes Diagnostics and Treatment

There are three types of diagnostic tests one may undergo for strokes, as reported by the American Stroke Foundation. These include imaging tests, electrical tests, and blood flow tests.

Most commonly, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests are used to generate a full image of the patient’s brain in order to isolate and identify small areas of damage. Otherwise, some patients may be familiar with blood flow tests like angiography if they’ve received screenings or treatment for other vascular conditions that affect their legs, such as with peripheral arterial disease (PAD).

In terms of treatment, the process a patient will be prescribed is dependent upon the cause of their stroke(s). For instance, if they experienced an ischemic stroke, their recovery will be focused on dissolving the blood clot and restoring normal blood flow and oxygenation to the brain.

If they suffered a hemorrhagic flow, on the other hand, their treatment will emphasize decreasing the arterial pressure in their brain, controlling bleeding, and restoring their vital signs to normal.

The Bottom Line

A vascular disease is considered any condition that impacts the vascular system, also known as the circulatory system. Thus, it would be more accurate to refer to a stroke as the result of an existing vascular disease, rather than a disease in and of itself.

For example, studies show that individuals living with PAD are at a higher risk of experiencing a stroke. Additionally, other vascular diseases that may cause a stroke include:

  • Vasculitis
  • Moyamoya
  • And more

For this reason, treating vascular disease and circulatory impairment in the lower body and extremities may help to reduce the likelihood that one will have a stroke later on in life. That’s why Duval Vascular Center provides FREE vein screenings — to help our patients lead a healthier, happier life!

If you have further questions about your vascular system and how best to optimize your wellness, contact our center today by calling (904) 518-1398! Your health is our priority.