In a study of nearly 2,000 adults, researchers found that a buildup of plaque in the body’s major arteries was associated with mild cognitive impairment.
Results of the study conducted will be presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
“It is well established that plaque buildup in the arteries is a predictor of heart disease, but the relationship between atherosclerosis and brain health is less clear,” said Christopher D. Maroules, M.D., radiology resident at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
“Our findings suggest that atherosclerosis not only affects the heart but also brain health.”
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