Vascular Disease in The Brain Linked to Shorter Life

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Disease in Brain

Two conditions in the brain - high amounts of white matter and enlarged open areas called ventricles - are associated with cardiovascular disease and shorter lives in the elderly, researchers said today at the American Heart Association's 46th Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention.

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"These variables may have the strongest associations with longevity among older people," said Lewis Kuller, M.D., Dr.P.H., lead author of the study and professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.

Grey matter refers to the brain's nerve cells, or neurons.

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