People with lower EPA and DHA in red blood cell membranes, which correlates to lower scores on the Omega-3 index, were found to have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and ultimately a decrease in lifespan compared to those who scored higher on the omega-3 index.
Heart insufficiency has a negative impact on gray matter in the brain. Weak heart function was linked to decreased gray matter in areas of the brain associated with memory and learning, including the hippocampus and parietal medial cortex. This may increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease.
Researchers report the chronic use of drugs to treat heartburn and GERDS can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, vascular dementia and renal failure.
Diagnosis of inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis during adulthood has been linked to a 50% higher mortality rate and shorter life expectancy in those over 50. The increased risk of death remained after the introduction of therapies aimed at treating the conditions but decreased over time.
Age-related macular degeneration with subretinal drusenoid deposits was associated with high-risk vascular diseases, including increased stroke risk and cardiovascular disease.
Long-term air pollution exposure was associated with a higher risk of dementia. Ischemic heart disease and heart failure appeared to enhance the link between air pollution and dementia.
Frequent consumption of alcohol during adolescence and young adulthood was associated with accelerated arterial stiffening, a precursor of cardiovascular disease.
Researchers have identified specific points on chromosome 11 that increase the risks of developing both cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer's. The study reports managing cholesterol and triglyceride levels could help to reduce Alzheimer's risk.
A new study raises the question of whether a genetic mutation associated with neurodegeneration in one environment could act in a positive way in a different setting.
Takotsubo syndrome, a sudden form of acute heart failure often brought on by emotional or physical stress, is associated with changes in brain regions associated with emotion and emotional processing.