Cerebral Physiology of the Aged: Influence of Circulatory Disorders

  • Walter D. Obrist
Part of the Advances in Behavioral Biology book series (ABBI, volume 3)


The purpose of this paper is to examine the concept of vascular insufficiency as it relates to cerebral physiologic alterations in old age and to associated states of intellectual deterioration. Vascular insufficiency has been defined as an inadequate blood supply relative to the metabolic needs of the tissue (Sokoloff 1961). It may be present continuously or occur intermittently whenever blood flow falls below normal levels, or it may become manifest only under conditions of increased metabolic demand.


Cerebral Blood Flow Blood Pressure Level Regional Cerebral Blood Flow Cerebral Circulation Ischemic Hypoxia 
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  • Walter D. Obrist
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  1. 1.Duke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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