Combatting a Stealthy Memory Thief
The idea behind aspirin-as-memory-booster is sound. For people with CVD, protecting against blood clots with daily aspirin therapy is crucial, explains Doneen. “Most people don’t know that heart attacks have the same cause as ischemic strokes: Plaque inside the artery wall ruptures, which can lead to the formation of a clot that obstructs the flow of blood.”
During an ischemic stroke, loss of oxygen and nutrients to part of the brain causes cells to die. That’s why strokes interfere with memory, speech and movement—and rank as the leading cause of disability. But people who have never experienced stroke symptoms can also suffer from memory problems, adds Doneen. “Even very small clots that don’t cause any obvious symptoms can cause progressive impairment and loss of memory.”
A Harvard study revealed that that so-called “silent strokes,” or strokes that occur without any symptoms, are related to cognitive decline. Other research from Boston University found that 11 percent of middle-aged participants had experienced a silent stroke and associated brain damage. Vascular dementia—an Alzheimer’s-like disorder—frequently results from a series of small, frequently silent strokes that gradually steal the person’s memory.
Hard to believe most neuro's completely dismiss CCSVI!!
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