Australasian Science: Australia's authority on science since 1938

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

By Dyani Lewis

World authority on strokes and post-stroke care Prof Vladimir Hachinski discusses how strokes can amplify the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and vice versa, and how lifestyle factors can be protective against both.

The full text of this article can be purchased from Informit.

Hi. I’m Dyani Lewis. Thanks for joining us. 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 seem very different. Alzheimer’s disease creeps up on people over many years, whereas strokes can occur very suddenly, seemingly coming out of nowhere to cause what can be irreparable damage, if they aren’t treated quickly. I’m joined on Up Close today 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 for many years. He is Professor of Neurology and Epidemiology at the University of Western Ontario in Canada and he is visiting Melbourne as the Allan and Maria Myers International Fellow at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. Welcome to Up Close, Vladimir.

Thank you.

Vladimir, you’ve spent a great deal of your career...

The full text of this article can be purchased from Informit.