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An injury or strain can lead to cervical artery dissection. A health condition that may weaken your blood vessels can make you more likely to get it. Although some people have cervical artery dissection without any obvious reason why. For more information, see our section: Causes of cervical artery dissection above.
Cervical artery dissection isn’t very common at all – it affects around four people in every 100,000. But it’s a common cause of stroke in young people, particularly those who are otherwise healthy. It causes around one in four strokes in young adults and is a frequent cause of stroke in people under 50.
Some of the main symptoms of carotid artery dissection include a bad headache and pain in your face and neck. You might also have problems with your sight including losing it completely for a while, but it should come back. Other symptoms include migraine symptoms and a drooping eyelid, which can be very painful. For more information, see our section: Symptoms of cervical artery dissection above.
Some of the symptoms of vertebral artery dissection include pain in your face pain and numbness. You might have difficulty speaking or swallowing and have a hoarse voice. You may also have double-vision, as well as difficulty balancing. For more information, see our section: Symptoms of cervical artery dissection above.
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