Vestibular Disorder Linked to Atherosclerotic Cerebrovascular Disease

Mr. Ninh, a 63-year-old man from Hanoi, was initially diagnosed with a vestibular disorder when he experienced sudden dizziness and loss of balance. However, upon further examination by a doctor, it was discovered that he had atherosclerosis in multiple segments of his cerebral arteries, putting him at high risk for a stroke. His symptoms had started two weeks prior, and despite taking medication, he continued to experience a headache and numbness in his arms and legs.

Seeking further evaluation, Mr. Ninh went to Tam Anh General Hospital in Hanoi, where magnetic resonance imaging revealed significant narrowing and atherosclerosis in key blood vessels in his brain. Associate Professor Dr. Nguyen Xuan Hien, Director of the Center for Diagnostic Imaging and Interventional Radiology explained that Mr. Ninh had more than 95% narrowing of the basilar artery, along with other issues in his circulatory system. Given his history of hypertension, dyslipidemia, and smoking, the risk of a life-threatening stroke was high. In order to prevent this, it was recommended that the basilar artery be dilated and stented immediately.

Despite the potential risks involved in the procedure, the medical team decided that it was the best course of action to save Mr. Ninh’s life. Utilizing digital subtraction angiography and 3D imaging, the doctors successfully dilated the narrowed vessel and placed a stent post-intervention. Mr. Ninh underwent rehabilitation, received anticoagulants

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