White matter hyperintensity markers on brain imaging are linked to long-term risk of mortality and ischemic stroke

Takeaway

  • White matter hyperintensity volume, type and shape are associated with long-term risk of mortality and ischemic stroke in people with manifest arterial disease.

Why this matters

    These novel findings suggest that white matter hyperintensity markers on magnetic resonance imaging could enable more accurate prognosis as well as identify individuals most likely to benefit from preventive treatment.