Daniel Velastegui. May 10Th, 2017. Alzheimer’S Disease

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Daniel Velastegui May 10th, 2017 Alzheimer’s disease effects many families throughout the world and many of it causes and effects are unknown. Alzheimer’s disease is defined as a progressive mental deterioration disease that can occur in middle to old age, due to generalized degeneration of the brain. Alzheimer’s disease is generally known for its slow decrease in overall cognitive function but there are many different factors that go into the formation and spreading of any disease. Just like other diseases Alzheimer’s disease can have many potential causes and recent studies have shown that there may be more to uncover about this relatively mysterious disease. There have been many recent discoveries involving Alzheimer’s disease due…show more content…
Patients were required to fast for 6 hours and refrain from smoking, exercise, and vasoactive medications before the vascular assessment.”(Tachibana p.438) The machine that the team used to accomplish this testing was called the Vasera VS-1500 which specializes in recording vascular function in the arms. Alzheimer’s patients scored lower on the Flow-mediated dilation test when compared to the control group. The results show that there is a correlation between decreased vascular functioning and Alzheimer’s disease. This is very important because there are many factors that can contribute to decreased vascular function that are very common in human population. Some examples include diet, lifestyle, and external stressors. A wide range of vascular burden factors have been identified to impact vascular function and many of these issues stem from carotid intima-media thickness. Intima-media thickness is measurement of the thickness of the innermost layers of the wall of an artery. Irregular levels of thickness can result in the risk factors of diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, cardio vascular disease, and obesity. Alzheimer’s disease shares a common risk factor with all of these potential health concerns. It’s quite interesting that a degenerative brain disease can have the same risk factors as something cardiovascular disease. Alzheimer’s seems to have a very interesting link to physiological risk factors. One study took 1102 elderly patients that were at

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