Atherosclerosis: A warning for cognitive impairment risk

Atherosclerosis: A warning for cognitive impairment risk

This can be caused by the high level of cholesterol in the blood and also by the faulty removal of the fats from the body. The condition remains asymptomatic, that is, the condition does not show any kind of symptom to diagnose its onset in the body. Symptoms remain hidden for several years and can be seen later when they blood flow to the organs becomes restricted. This condition can have its early onset during the childhood and progresses.

According to a recent study conducted on the population by the researchers, claims that, the condition of asymptomatic atherosclerosis can be a warning for a cognitive impairment risk. When the researchers studied the individuals, they found that people who were in the high quartile of the carotid wall thickness based on the MRI results had at least a 21% chance of getting some cognitive impairment that may be mild. By further studying the MRI results, they were able to get a calcium score of the coronary artery that kept rising and in turn indicating impairment to the cognitive part.

When a person who had knowledge about the study was contacted, he told that these studies helped them to identify the markers that help them to diagnose the atherosclerotic conditions in the individuals in the early stages. He further added that this was done in interest of helping the brain from getting any kind of cognitive impairment and also to preserve the functioning of the heart as a whole. He further went on to add that the healthiness of the brain can be easily studied by looking at the blood flow. He states that, the plague that builds up in the blood cells gives them the hint since it flows throughout the body. This can be further studies by going into MRI and CT scans for the body.

For the study, men and women who did not have any kind of symptom for the cardiovascular disease were selected and also the mean age was taken to be 44. Any person who got a score less than 26 on a total of 30 was considered to be having a risk of getting either mild or severe cognition impairment.

The traditional symptoms were taken for the diagnosis of the atherosclerotic conditions like sex, age, ethnicity and also the lifestyle habits of the person. The increase in the area of the internal carotid wall artery associated itself to the hyper intensity of the white matter. This lost its significance when the study was based on an analysis that was multivariate. That apart it was found that, the increase in the deposition of the calcium on the arterial walls showed that the person had hyper intensity to the white matter by the analysis using standard deviation.

As a conclusion to the research, it was found that, the atherosclerosis that is subclinical can be also to predict a decline to the cognitive area and does not depend on the risk factors associated with the cardiovascular disease.

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