Studies link brain microbleeds to higher death risk

07/15/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Alzheimer's disease patients who experienced microbleeding in the brain were 77% more likely to die over at least three years of follow-up than those who didn't have evidence of bleeding, according to a study presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference. Another study presented at the same conference found that people in the general population with brain microbleeds faced an increased risk of death. The risk was almost twice as high among individuals with deep or infratentorial microbleeds. "We are not sure whether we can yet make recommendations about treatment of patients with microbleeds," researcher Dr. Saloua Akoudad said.

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