Markers linked in heart and brain conditions, even in healthy individuals

Written by Alice Weatherston

Results presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (29th November – 4th December, Chicago, IL, USA) have highlighted a possible link between N-terminal pro b-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), a key diagnostic of heart failure, and microstructural changes within the brain. The findings provide important information about the development of disease in the aging process. In the study led by Hazel Zonneveld (Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, Netherlands), researchers analyzed data from 2432 healthy adults from the Rotterdam Study, a prospective, population-based study designed to investigate chronic diseases in Rotterdam’s aging population. It is known...

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