New Study Found Link between Aortic Stiffness and Early Brain Injury Leading to Cognitive Decline
Mar 29, 2016 by Sarah Goodman | lifestyle
A new study out of the University of California's Davis School of Medicine found a link between increased aortic stiffness and early signs of brain injury, which can potentially lead to Alzheimer's disease, in healthy, middle-aged adults. Scientists are claiming that signs of cognitive decline, which can potentially lead to Alzheimer's disease, can be detected in the brain at a much earlier age than previously believed.
The researchers found that in healthy adults who were in their 40s, having a greater degree of aortic stiffness was associated with reduced white matter volume and a decline in grey matter integrity in the brain.
Correlation Between Arterial Stiffness and Brain Injuries
"This study shows for the first time that increasing arterial stiffness is detrimental to the brain, and that increasing stiffness and brain injury begin in early middle life, before we commonly think of prevalent diseases such as atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease or stroke having an impact," said Pauline Maillard at UC Davis Department of Neurology and Center for Neuroscience. "These results may be a new avenue of treatment to sustain brain health."