How can I prevent cervical artery dissection?

If you have an underlying disease that increases your risk of cervical artery dissection, such as fibromuscular dysplasia or vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, it is important that you are under the care of a vascular specialist and follow your doctor’s instructions. For other individuals, following the same steps that reduce your risk of heart disease – healthy eating, blood pressure control, weight management, exercise and smoking cessation – can reduce your risk of cervical artery dissection by improving the health of your blood vessels.Patients with cervical artery dissection may be treated by neurologists, neurosurgeons, or vascular medicine or vascular surgical specialists, often in a multidisciplinary fashion.

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