A FIVE-minute test can detect those at highest risk of dementia – a decade before the earliest symptoms appear.
Experts found scanning blood vessels in the neck helped predict whether a middle-aged Brit would suffer rapidly declining brain power ten years later.
Loss of memory, concentration and language skills are all early signs of dementia.
Scientists from University College London carried out ultrasounds on nearly 3,200 people in their 40s and 50s, and then followed them up for 15 years.
Each time the heart beats, it generates a “pulse” that travels around the body.
Healthy arteries cushion this impact, preventing it from reaching more delicate blood vessels.
But ageing and high-blood pressure cause them to stiffen, reducing the protective effect.
As a result, fragile vessels which supply the brain can be damaged by strong pulses and result in mini-strokes – fueling dementia risk.
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Dementia care: What type of support is available for sufferers of the brain disease?
DEMENTIA care is an important part of dealing and treating the brain disease. Although there is no cure, the right help and support can delay symptoms from progressing and help sufferers of the condition live fulfilled lives.
Dementia is a syndrome associated with an ongoing decline of brain functioning.
Symptoms of the disease can include problems with memory loss, thinking speed, mental sharpness, language, understanding, judgement, mood, movement and difficulties carrying out daily activities.
The symptoms of dementia tend to develop slowly and worsen with time.
In the much later stages, sufferers will be able to do far less for themselves and may lose much of their ability to communicate.
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