Arteries Within the Brain

In February of 2016, model Katie May died suddenly after a visit to a chiropractor.  The official cause of death was “vertebral artery dissection.”   During spinal manipulation, the artery which supplies blood to brain was damaged.

The brain’s arteries circle the brain around the pituitary gland consisting of the anterior and posterior communicating artery and cerebral arteries, a collection referred to as the “Circle of Willis.”    The vertebral arteries arise from the subclavian artery and join to form the basilar artery which supplies blood to the brain stem.