While very rare, an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) can develop anywhere in your body. However, it most often occurs in the brain or the spine. The cause of AVMs is not clear. Still, research has found that AVMs are more common in men. Also, having a family history can be a risk factor as well.
An AVM is a defect of the circulatory system. It can be congenital or develop soon after birth. In this case, the arteries in the brain connect directly to nearby veins, impacting oxygen delivery to the brain or spinal cord.
Most people with neurological AVMs experience few, if any, significant symptoms. Although rare, AVMs affect about 300,000 people in the US.
To find the right AVM treatment options, you have to know exactly which symptoms you are experiencing:
Stroke-like disability symptoms can manifest, but this only happens after an AVM bursts and causes bleeding in the brain.
If you experience any of those symptoms, we recommend you get a brain scan. If it is diagnosed in time, an AVM can successfully be treated.
However, surgical procedures are necessary to prevent a brain hemorrhage. Otherwise, the consequences are disastrous since it can cause brain damage and a stroke.
After surgery, rehabilitation is recommended to ensure proper AVM recovery.
Rehabilitation will also be crucial if someone has already suffered a brain hemorrhage. That’s because the severity of the stroke can leave people physically challenged.
Even so, sometimes, the recovery process might not be complete. That’s when people turn to the arteriovenous malformation treatment we offer.
The C.A.S.T.® program (Comprehensive Activity-Based Strength Training) we developed can help clients:
1. “Arteriovenous Malformations and Other Vascular Lesions of the Central Nervous System Fact Sheet,” NINDS. Publication date February 2011. NIH Publication No. 11-4854