With COPD, Beware of Tiny Brain Bleeds

drxlogoChronic obstructive pulmonary disease is associated with higher likelihood of cerebral microbleeds

(dailyRx News) Bleeding within the brain can be a sign of age-related mental decline to come. While this occurs more commonly among stroke victims, patients with COPD may be prone to this as well.

Cerebral microbleeds happen when the walls of blood vessels in the brain become weakened. The bleeds can be a marker of cerebral small vessel disease, which causes age-related disability and can impair the ability to think clearly.

Individuals who have the lung condition COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) may have an increased risk of this bleeding in the brain compared to those without COPD, according to recent research.
Lies Lahousse, PhD, of the Department of Respiratory Medicine at Ghent University Hospital in Belgium, and Bruno Stricker, PhD, of the Department of Epidemiology at Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, led this research following 165 patients with COPD.

Using high resolution MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans, the researchers measured cerebral microbleeds in these study participants.

They compared the results with MRI scans of 645 subjects with normal lung function. All patients were 55 or older.

The full article is located at Daily Rx

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