Every part of the body, including the brain, depends on normal blood flow to and from cells for optimal health and function. In a healthy individual, arteries bring oxygenated blood to organs and veins take it away to be cleaned by the heart and lungs. Under some circumstances, though, the blood vessels that transport blood develop abnormalities that confuse the flow of blood. Specifically, a brain arteriovenous malformation forms when the blood vessels in the brain that provide oxygenated blood redirect that blood away from the organ. In some cases, an arteriovenous malformation, or AVM, can break open and bleed, which can have serious health consequences. Identifying and addressing AVMs is critical to the well-being of those with them. While noninvasive care may be appropriate in certain situations, surgical treatment is often the most effective way to address arteriovenous malformations.
Would you like to learn more about arteriovenous malformations? Brandon Regional Hospital can help you become more informed about your neurological health. To speak with one of our Consult-A-Nurses, call (888) 327-2636.