Five-minute diagnosis of the neck can predict the risk of developing dementia during the decade before the onset of symptoms. It sounds unbelievable, but a test that analyzes blood vessels on the neck may eventually become standard practice if the link between cardiovascular disease and cognitive decline has been determined by the scientific community. Puls.bg.
This relationship is currently being investigated by scientists at the London University College who presented their results during this year's American Heart Association. The study, which started in 2002, during which ultrasonic scanners were examined, of 3191 blood vessels of male and female sex, is met with cautious optimism by medical organizations. Here's why!
Interpretation of the heart sends physical impulses through all parts of the body, including the brain. The blood vessels in the neck area, which are still healthy, help to reduce these physical impulses. But with vessel ties, they begin to lose their elasticity and protective properties, enabling stronger impulses to adversely affect even more delicate blood vessels in the brain. As a result, the person is compromised by a decline in cognitive function.
After a routine scan of patients for 15 years, the team found that those with the strongest impulses, representing about 25% of respondents, 50% more likely to cognitive deficits later in life. Scientists plan to continue using magnetic resonance tomography to learn more about how blood flow interacts with the development of dementia. At the same time, if more extensive experiments confirm results, the method will receive sufficient support, making it an indispensable part of dementia practice.
Dementia is the ultimate result of decades of memory damage, language skills and thought processes, so that the moment of diagnosis is considered too late. For this reason, the scientific community is actively working to determine the state as soon as possible.