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Alzheimer’s Protein Plaques May Also Harm the Heart

Nurse Talking with Senior Patient Medical Team Looking at Xray

The amyloid beta plaques present in Alzheimer’s patients may also be involved in stiffening heart muscle tissue, spiking their risk of heart failure. This U.S. News & World report article summarizes the findings of a small study of people in their late 70s, involving those who were healthy and those with Alzheimer’s. The patients with Alzheimer’s tended to have thicker left ventricle walls, restricting their ability to take in blood. In some cases, this posed a risk of the walls becoming too stiff to take in any blood.