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Subclinical carotid atherosclerosis and cognitive function.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21711252     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Carotid artery atherosclerosis is a major risk factor for stroke and subsequent cognitive impairment. Recent studies indicate that carotid atherosclerosis without clinical stroke may also be an independent risk factor for cognitive decline and dementia. Ultrasonography is an easily assessable and non-invasive method to measure different stages of the carotid artery atherosclerotic process and is widely used in clinical assessment as well as in epidemiological and clinical research. We give a brief review of studies that have investigated degrees of the subclinical atherosclerosis in the carotid arteries in relation to cognitive function and dementia, and we discuss several possible mechanisms that could explain the association between atherosclerosis and cognitive impairment.
K A Arntzen; E B Mathiesen
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta neurologica Scandinavica. Supplementum     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1600-5449     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Neurol. Scand., Suppl.c     Publication Date:  2011  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-06-29     Completed Date:  2011-11-11     Revised Date:  2012-05-07    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370337     Medline TA:  Acta Neurol Scand Suppl     Country:  Denmark    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  18-22     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2011 John Wiley & Sons A/S.
Department of Community Medicine, University of Tromsø, Tromsø, Norway.
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MeSH Terms
Carotid Arteries / ultrasonography
Carotid Artery Diseases / complications*,  ultrasonography
Cognition Disorders / etiology*
Severity of Illness Index
Tunica Intima / ultrasonography
Tunica Media / ultrasonography

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