Hardened arteries linked to Alzheimer’s

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Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 12:12 pm | Updated: 12:23 pm, Wed Oct 16, 2013.

There is more evidence today that by taking care of your heart, you’re helping to keep your brain healthy, too.

A new study finds a link between hardened arteries and plaques in the brain that are a distinctive characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease.

University of Pittsburgh Researchers studied more than 90 people whose average age was 87.  They found people with Beta-Amyloid plaques in the brain were more likely to have high blood pressure and higher arterial stiffness.  In fact, researchers say arterial stiffness was highest in people who had plaques and brain lesions, which may speed the development of dementia.

Researchers say the findings provide more evidence that cardiovascular health leads to a healthy brain.

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