Link found between early-stage brain and heart disease

2 December 2015

A team of researchers at the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam have found a connection between the initial stages of brain disease and heart disease.

It had previously been established that people with heart disease were also at higher risk of strokes and dementia, but the reason for this was unclear.

They discovered that people with high levels of NT-proBNP (a biomarker that is an indicator of heart disease) were also more likely to show signs of microstructural changes to the brain, which can be a precursor to more serious problems, even if they did not show any other signs of heart problems.

The results indicate that the link between brain and heart disease is present at an earlier stage than was previously thought.

Lead researcher Hazel Zonneveld said: "This implies that the heart and brain are intimately linked, even in presumably healthy individuals, and informs us importantly about development of disease as we age.”

Posted by Jeanette Royston


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