Brains at risk: The curious link between strokes and Alzheimer’s disease

(Credit: Institute Douglas via Flickr)
(Credit: Institute Douglas via Flickr)

As we head into old age, our chances of suffering from a range of serious, life-altering conditions increases. Among the most concerning are those that affect our brain — conditions like stroke and Alzheimer’s disease that can erode the very essence of who we are. On the surface, these two conditions are very different — Alzheimer’s disease creeps up on people over many years, whereas strokes occur very suddenly, seemingly coming out of nowhere to cause what can be irreparable damage if they aren’t treated quickly.

I was recently joined on Up Close by a world-renowned neurologist who has been investigating an intriguing link between these two quite different neurological conditions. Professor Vladimir Hachinski has been a pioneer in stroke care and prevention over the years. He is Professor of Neurology and Epidemiology at the University of Western Ontario in Canada.

Check out the podcast here.