Blood clots present in 40% of alzheimer's disease patients

Blood clots present in 40% of alzheimer's disease patients

According to a report published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), spontaneous blood clots are significantly associated with both Alzheimer's Disease and Vascular Dementia.

The researchers, from the University of Manchester, UK, say this finding may hold the key to preventing and/or treating dementia.

Alzheimer's Disease and Vascular Dementia represent four fifths of all dementias. To date, nobody has known why.

In this study, researchers monitored the occurrence of spontaneous cerebral emboli in 170 patients, half had Alzheimer's Disease and the other half had Vascular Dementia. They also monitored a control group of 150 healthy people of the same age and sex ratio.

Another name for spontaneous blood clots or debris from arterial disease in the brain is spontaneous cerebral emboli'.

In just one hour of monitoring, cerebral emboli was present in 40% of the Alzheimer's Disease patients and 37% of the Vascular Dementia patients, compared with just 15% in the control group.

The researchers concluded that spontaneous cerebral emboli are closely linked to Alzheimer's Disease and Vascular Dementia. They also added that further research is needed as this study is the first of this type.



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