Midlife atherosclerosis increases the risk of developing all-cause and vascular dementia

Takeaway

  • Increased intima media thickness in midlife enhances the risk of developing all-cause dementia, vascular dementia and cerebral small vessel disease.

Why this matters

    The observation that increased intima media thickness in midlife is linked to subsequent development of vascular dementia, but not Alzheimer’s disease, highlights the need for further research into the role of atherosclerosis in dementia.