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Alzheimer’s and Heart Disease Share the Same Risk Factors, Study

A recent study have pointed to major risk factors for heart disease to be in direct consonance with risk factors for Alzheimer’s Disease.  Most people suffering from the latter have the same risk factors closely associated with heart disorders.

It is a given fact that vascular risk factors damage the brain and result in cognitive mental impairment.

Researchers have proven that there is a close association between specific vascular risk factors and brain health.

Alzheimer’s Disease is a neurological disorder wherein the death of brain cells causes memory loss and cognitive decline.  It is one cause of death which cannot be prevented, cured or slowed down.  It is the most common type of dementia which starts out mild but escalates to getting worst.  Since high blood pressure is a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, the team warns against raising blood pressure as a preventive strategy for Alzheimer’s.

Studies linked heart risk factors and mental decline but focused on specific risk factors and three brain structures, namely:  the hippocampus, precuneus and posterior cingulate cortex, which are all essential to memory build up.  Their findings also established links to obesity, smoking and diabetes as major factors that could affect certain areas of the brain tied to memory.

Although there still is no effective treatment for Alzheimer’s, researchers aim to focus on prevention of the disease and to find useful and applicable information on the impact various risk factors may have on brain development and decline.

 

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