Cerebrovascular diseases are conditions that affect blood flow into and around the brain. Stroke is one of many types of cerebrovascular disease.

If you or a loved one is experiencing a stroke or another cerebrovascular disease, you need treatment fast to restore the flow of blood to the brain.

At Baptist Health, our cerebrovascular neurology specialists provide a range of advanced treatments so you can live a longer, healthier life.

Our Approach to Cerebrovascular Neurology

When you choose Baptist Health for cerebrovascular care, you have access to the full spectrum of surgical, medical and minimally invasive endovascular treatments. You can also expect:

An expert team that works alongside other physicians to create the best treatment plan for you

Close collaboration with local emergency medical services to ensure that rapid treatments begin while you’re en route to our team

The most advanced diagnostic tools and access to the latest surgical technology

Which Cerebrovascular Diseases Does Baptist Health Treat?

Baptist Health Brain & Spine Care specializes in treating a range of cerebrovascular conditions, including:

  • Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) occurs when your blood vessels become tangled, leading to problems with the connection between your arteries and veins. AVM can happen within the brain or spine. Learn more about AVM.

  • A brain aneurysm occurs when an area of the artery in the brain becomes weak or thin. This weakened spot then fills with blood and balloons or bulges. Learn more about brain aneurysms.

  • Carotid artery disease is a condition affecting blood flow within the arteries in the neck. There are several types of carotid artery disease, including:

    • Dissection (tearing)
    • Occlusion (blockage)
    • Stenosis (narrowing)

    Learn more about carotid artery disease.

  • An arteriovenous fistula is a problem with the connection between an artery and vein in the dura — the covering of the brain and spinal cord.

  • A stroke happens when the blood supply to the brain becomes blocked or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts.

    Learn more about stroke.

    Learn more about our comprehensive stroke care.

  • Moyamoya disease is a rare condition that occurs when arteries become blocked in the area of the brain called the basal ganglia.

How Are Cerebrovascular Conditions Diagnosed?

The Baptist Health Brain & Spine Care team uses various imaging tests to diagnose cerebrovascular disease. These tests, which examine the blood vessels in the brain to find blockages or damage, include:

  • Computed tomography (CT) scans, including CT angiography (CTA) and CT perfusion (CTP)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and MR angiography

Experts at Marcus Neuroscience Institute were the first in Florida to use an artificial intelligence tool called VIZ.ai to read CTA and CTP results. This technology diagnoses a stroke within seconds and sends encrypted alerts to notify physicians that a patient needs rapid treatment.

Which Cerebrovascular Disease Treatments Are Available at Baptist Health?

At Baptist Health Brain & Spine Care, you can access a full range of cerebrovascular disease treatments, including advanced neurosurgery and the latest minimally invasive procedures.

Our neurosurgeons offer open surgery and minimally invasive catheter-based treatments (endovascular surgery).

Doctors develop your treatment plan based on your diagnosis and the severity of your condition. Some of the treatments we offer include:

  • Aneurysm clipping — a procedure used to close off an aneurysm in the brain
  • Aneurysm coiling or stenting — procedures used to block blood from flowing into the aneurysm (coiling) or prevent an aneurysm from bursting (stenting)
  • AVM embolization and surgery — a procedure used to correct the abnormal connections caused by an AVM in the brain
  • Carotid artery stenting — a procedure used to open a narrowed or blocked carotid artery
  • Carotid endarterectomy — a surgery used to remove plaque build-up from the carotid artery in the neck

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Meet the Cerebrovascular Disease Team

Our team includes board-certified neurologists, neurosurgeons and interventional neuroradiologists specially trained to treat cerebrovascular disease.
Cerebrovascular Disease Research

Cerebrovascular Disease Research

Our team is dedicated to finding new treatments for cerebrovascular disease. Talk to your doctor or view our list of active trials to learn more about cerebrovascular disease research.

Our Locations

Cerebrovascular care is available throughout Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties. Find a location near you.

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