Data might support earlier carotid screening

04/22/2014 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis is linked to cognitive dysfunction, according to a study scheduled for discussion at an American Academy of Neurology meeting. The connection between carotid artery plaques and stroke is well-established, but new research showed that people with carotid artery stenosis fared significantly worse than their clear-carotid counterparts on cognitive tests evaluating memory, mental processing speed and motor skill responses. The findings suggest a possible role for earlier carotid screening.

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