Monday, May 21, 2012
Carotid Artery Plaque Results in Memory Loss Even without Suffering a Stroke
A study was reported at the International Stroke Conference that showed cognitive impairment in patients with significant plaque in at least one carotid artery in the neck, even with no evidence that a stroke had occurred. I suggest that everyone over the age of 50 get a screening ultrasound to look for such blockage. We offer the CardioRisk test, and often, Life Screening holds testing in the community. If plaque is detected, lifestyle measures are suggested, aspirin or fish oil might be prescribed, and we would consider chelation therapy to prevent the loss of brain function. See Family Practice News, March 15, 2012, p. 9.