The focus of the Cerebrovascular Unit is the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cerebrovascular diseases.
A stroke occurs when blood flow to the part of the brain is interrupted due to a blocked or broken blood vessel. Treatment should begin within the first few hours after it occurs.
The affected areas of the brain need to be treated within a programme of vascular rehabilitation, both cardiac and neurological, which is focused on reducing risk factors through exercise and psychosocial therapies.
This unit forms part of a specialty in which a specialist doctor takes a holistic view of the patient and takes different organs and systems into consideration rather than focusing on only one.
▪ Study and treatment of cerebrovascular disease
▪ Screening to assess risks and choose suitable treatment for patients at risk from cerebrovascular disease, including:
▪ ▪ Neurological assessment
▪ ▪ Transcranial and supra-aortic Doppler test
▪ ▪ Cardiological assessment