How is an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) in the brain treated?

Neil A. Martin, MD
If an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) in the brain has caused a hemorrhage, the risk is high enough for another hemorrhage that the AVM should be treated. There are three kinds of treatments: surgery, embolization, which is injecting particles (a glue-like substance) through a catheter to block off the AVM, and radiation therapy, also called stereotactic radiosurgery. With this combination of treatments, the vast majority of AVMs that are dangerous can be treated effectively.

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Heart and Circulatory System

Heart and Circulatory System

Your circulatory system is made up of your heart and three main types of blood vessels -- arteries, veins and capillaries. Your heart is at the center of the system, acting as a pump to distribute nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood t...

hrough your body; it then takes away carbon dioxide and other waste your body doesn't need. Signs of poor circulation include cold hands and feet, numbness, dizziness, migraines, varicose veins and pain in your feet or legs. Untreated, poor circulation can lead to stroke, high blood pressure, kidney damage and other diseases. Learn more about your heart and circulatory system with expert advice from Sharecare.

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