One of the best ways to protect your brain from Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and dementia may be to protect your blood vessels. Abundant scientific evidence has made it clear that the brain is highly dependent on a plentiful supply of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood, and ensuring the integrity of the
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About 87 percent of strokes are ischemic, meaning they are caused by a blockage of blood flow to the brain. Most ischemic strokes are the result of cardiovascular disease, or atherosclerosis. Ischemic stroke causes can also be from a clot (embolism) that forms in the heart or aorta, breaks away,
When a weakened artery in the brain ruptures, blood flows into the brain, compresses the tissue and kills brain cells. This is a hemorrhagic stroke.
About 75 percent of hemorrhagic strokes (13 percent of all strokes) occur within the brain itself. These are called intracerebral hemorrhages.
In the other 25 percent, the
Q: My husband recently had a hemorrhagic stroke, which the doctors told us was caused by a condition called cerebral amyloid angiopathy. What is cerebral amyloid angiopathy and how does it cause stroke?
A: Cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) is characterized by the accumulation of abnormal amyloid protein deposits in the walls
Q: I was shocked when my 75-year-old husband was caught in the act of shoplifting, as he has been scrupulously honest all his life. He was not criminally charged, but I’m worried. Could this behavior be related to his mild cognitive impairment?
A: In some individuals who suffer from cognitive impairment
Many of us are unaware of a relatively common age-related health issue—cerebral microbleeds (CMB, largely symptomless leakage from miniscule blood vessels into surrounding brain tissue). Cerebral microbleeds have been linked to a decline in cognitive functions such as memory, thinking and information processing. The good news is that the condition
The more scientists delve into the interrelationship between the brain and the cardiovascular system, the more evidence they find that blood vessel problems are important factors in cognitive decline and the neurodegeneration associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The findings offer hope for those of us who are worried about losing