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Technology preserves cerebral health

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A poor diet and sedentary lifestyle that frequently result in cardiovascular illness can also badly affect cerebral health. And the problem can be further complicated because the symptoms can be mistaken. According to Dr. Charles Olivera, a neurologist with Yuma Clinic Neurological Associates, dizziness caused by a problem in the middle ear may resemble the dizziness that causes poor blood supply to the brain. Since in 2009, Olivera has been providing diagnoses of poor blood circulation in the brain with the use of advanced technology known as Transcranial Ultrasound.

Incidence of poor circulation to the brain increases, stemming from cardiac problems the patients originally suffered. More and more, people with coronary illness are presented with cerebral circulation problems. The problem can lead to a stroke and other grave consequences. As with the blood vessels and arteries in other parts of the body, those in the brain can become restricted and blocked, preventing the free flow of blood. And without sufficient blood, oxygenation in that area can be insufficient, leading to damage to the brain tissue. The propensity of heart disease, according to Olivera has made Hispanic community in Southern Florida among the most susceptible to poor blood flow to the brain and to stroke. 

Dizziness and recurring headaches can be warning signs of an imminent stroke. Persons who are experiencing dizziness, weakness or recurring numbness should be examined, he said, rather than wait for complications to set in. Transcranial Ultrasound to measure the speed of cerebral blood flow in the patients is an effective technologyin this case. The (technology) has the advantage of being diagnostic and not invasive. It doesn’t cause pain, it doesn’t require special preparation for the patient and it’s done in the doctor’s own office.

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