Neck Scans Can Find Early Dementia Signs Based On Pulse


Latest research shows that a quick scan of the neck could spot people who are at higher risk of developing dementia before the symptoms even appear. Experts have been using ultrasound scanners in order to look at blood vessels in the necks of over 3,000 people, and they have been monitoring these individuals for 15 years.

They found that people with the most intense pulse have experienced a greater cognitive decline over the next decade than the other participants.

Experts now believe that this could provide a brand new way to predict dementia.

A more intense pulse can damage the brain

An international team of experts which was led by University College London (UCL), measured the intensity of the pulse traveling towards the brain in 3,191 people in 2002.

A more intense pulse seems to be able to damage the small vessels that we have in the brain, and they also affect structural changes in the brain’s blood vessel network, triggering minor bleeds known as mini-strokes.

Over 15 years, experts have monitored the individuals’ memory and their ability to solve problems. The results showed that the ones with the highest intensity pulse showed 50% more risks of accelerated cognitive decline. This is one of the first signs of dementia, but according to studies, not everyone who experiences it will eventually develop dementia.

The test could help experts find people exposed to a higher risk of developing dementia 

According to researchers, the test could bring a new way to identify people who are at risk of developing dementia.

There are a few things that we can do to prevent dementia, and these include the following: Controlling blood pressure and cholesterol, having a healthy diet, doing regular exercise and not smoking.

Dr. Scott Chiesa, from UCL, said: “Dementia is the result of decades of damage, so by the time people get dementia it’s too late to do anything.

“What we’re trying to say is you need to get in as early as possible, identify a way to see who’s actually progressing towards possibly getting dementia and target them.”


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