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Stroke

26 August 2011

Plaque in arteries tied to stroke

A build-up of calcified plaque in arteries in parts of the body outside the brain may be linked with brain changes that increase the risk of stroke and dementia, a new study finds.

A build-up of calcified plaque in arteries in parts of the body outside the brain may be linked with brain changes that increase the risk of stroke and dementia, a new study finds.

These types of brain changes don't necessarily cause symptoms immediately but are often detected in people with stroke or dementia and, over the long term, may be associated with cognitive decline, explained senior study author Dr. Meike W. Vernooij, an assistant professor of epidemiology and radiology at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Small strokes in the brain

 

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