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Cerebrovascular disease in the form of mini-strokes can affect the brain in such a way as to cause degenerative memory loss, or dementia. Dementia also presents as difficulty in correct speech, loss of reasoning, and general progressive decline in daily functioning. Small areas of the brain are affected when the blood supply is restricted by atherosclerotic arteries, causing starvation and death of brain tissue. Risk factors for strokes include a sedentary lifestyle, a high fat diet, tobacco smoking, stress, and hypertension.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Electric New Paper
About: Small strokes cause of dementia
Date: 11 December 2005
Source: The Electric New Paper
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