Small vessel strokes

Curr Cardiol Rep. 2005 Jan;7(1):23-8. doi: 10.1007/s11886-005-0006-6.


Small vessel disease is a common cause of cerebrovascular disease. It is responsible for ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes, cognitive decline, and asymptomatic disease. Millions of Americans are affected by silent strokes and white matter abnormalities. Lacunar stroke is the most common manifestation. Despite its importance, small vessel strokes remain understudied. There is a need for research focused on this prevalent stroke subtype to define optimal interventions to prevent stroke recurrence and cognitive impairment.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain / blood supply
  • Brain Infarction* / complications
  • Brain Infarction* / diagnosis
  • Brain Infarction* / etiology
  • Brain Infarction* / prevention & control
  • Disease Progression
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / complications
  • Hypertension / drug therapy
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Microcirculation / pathology*
  • Prognosis
  • Risk Factors
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed