A vascular neurologist specializes in caring for people with cerebrovascular problems. This includes the blood vessels in the brain and spinal cord. Vascular neurologists diagnose and treat many cerebrovascular diseases and events, including stroke, brain aneurysm, and spinal cord hemorrhage. Vascular neurologists are also experts in preventing and reducing complications and disability from cerebrovascular problems.
A vascular neurologist typically:
Evaluates a patient’s medical history and educates the patient about cerebrovascular health and disease prevention
Performs a physical exam that includes evaluation of blood pressure, vital signs, general health, and brain and nervous system health
Orders and interprets laboratory and imaging tests and prescribes medications
Diagnoses and treats acute and chronic diseases and conditions that affect the blood vessels of the brain and spinal cord, such as stroke
Provides direct care for cerebrovascular conditions in the office, outpatient setting, clinic, and hospital
Screens, treats, and monitors conditions that increase the risk of serious brain and spinal cord conditions, such as a head injury
Performs certain procedures, such as lumbar puncture
Works closely with your primary care doctor, other specialists, and members of your healthcare team to provide optimal care
Vascular neurologists may also be known by the following names: brain blood vessel doctor, stroke specialist, brain doctor, and brain specialist.
There are 1431 specialists practicing Vascular Neurology in the United States with an overall average rating of 3.9 stars. There are 940 hospitals in the United States with affiliated Vascular Neurology specialists, including Massachusetts General Hospital, NYU Langone Health Tisch Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.