Vascular Disease Increasingly Seen As a Possible Alzheimer’s Risk Factor

Vascular Disease Increasingly Seen As a Possible Alzheimer’s Risk Factor
Vascular DiseaseIn a review study entitled “Vascular risk factors and Alzheimer's disease,” the authors perform a comprehensive retrospective of a series of studies linking Alzheimer’s disease and vascular factors. The review was published in the BMC Medicine journal. Neurodegenerative decline, characterized by dementia, is currently estimated to affect 35 million people worldwide and has been increasing economic and social burdens. The most common cause for dementia is attributed to Alzheimer’s disease. Second factors include vascular, Lewy body, and fronto-temporal dementias. While for a long time Alzheimer’s disease was believed to be connected to abnormal protein deposition, it is increasingly recognized as being linked with vascular factors. In this new research project, the authors reviewed a series of studies recently published in BMC Medicine reporting a relationship between cardiovascular diseases and vascular factors to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Specifically, they analyze three main studies – a study entitled “The overlap between vascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease - lessons from pathology” by Jellinger and Attems, “Cardiovascular risk factors and future Alzheimer’s disease risk” by d
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