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Small vessel disease is usually seen in old age due to blockade of cerebral blood vessels resulting in small areas of brain damage.
This can result in stroke or a mini stroke or TIA (transient ischemic attack). The symptoms depend upon the part of the brain involved.
The blockade occurs due to shrinking of small blood vessels due to old age or due to blockade of arteries due to fatty deposits in the wall of the arteries.
It is important that you make sure the BP and blood cholesterol are in normal range, body weight is under control, complete abstinence from smoking, regulation of alcohol intake. Regular physical and mental exercises will also help. Low dose aspirin also helps.
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