Five-minute neck diagnosis can predict the risk of developing dementia for a decade before symptom start. It sounds incredible, but the test that analyzes the blood vessels in the neck may eventually become a common practice if the relationship between cardiovascular disease and cognitive decline is verified by the scientific community. Puls.bg.
This relationship is currently being studied by researchers from London University, who presented their results during this year's American Heart Association conference. The study, which began in 2002 and during which 3191 male and female blood vessels were examined by ultrasound scanners, met with cautious optimism with medical organizations. Here's why!
The heart's stroke sends physical impulses through all parts of the body, including the brain. Blood vessels in the neck area, which are still healthy, help reduce these physical impulses. But with the joints on the vessels they begin to lose their elasticity and their protective properties, so that the stronger impulses have a negative effect on the more sensitive blood vessels in the brain. As a result, a person is threatened with a reduction of cognitive functions.
After routine scanning of patients for 15 years, the team found that those with the strongest impulses, representing about 25% of the subjects examined, were 50% more likely to cognitive deficits later in life. Researchers plan to continue using magnetic resonance imaging to learn more about how blood flow interacts with the development of dementia. At the same time, if more extensive experiments confirm the results, the method will get enough support, making it an indispensable part of the dementia forecast.
Dementia is the ultimate result of decades of memory deficiency, language proficiency and thought processes so that the moment a person is diagnosed is considered to be late. Therefore, science actively works to identify the condition as early as possible.