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Are blood vessels responsible for dementia?

The blood vessels of the brain are responsible for the elimination of waste. When this function fails, people get dementia.


Medicine and Life Sciences


I will review of the structure, type and functions of blood vessels of the brain. In Alzheimer’s disease there is a failure of elimination of toxins from the brain and they deposit as plaques. Attempts to remove the plaques lead to bleeding in the brain. We may be able to prevent Alzheimer’s disease by manipulating and treating the blood vessels of the brain.

Why this is important

There are 850,000 cases of dementia in the UK and the numbers are rising fast because we live longer. The emotional burden on families and the costs are huge, so we need to act urgently.

Key Descriptors

Brain, Blood vessels, Alzheimer’s disease

Year Groups


Roxana Octavia Carare

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