Frequent memory loss may point to symptoms of silent disease

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Do you find that you frequently lose your train of thought? 

A report in the journal Neurobiology of Aging suggests that if this happens quite a bit, you may be displaying early symptoms of what is called cerebral small vessel disease — otherwise known as silent strokes. 

When someone suffers a silent stroke, it is a reflection of small blood vessels, which supply the brain's white matter, becoming blocked or damaged. 

According to the report, all of us have moments where we become confused. This could simply be a result of brain fatigue or distraction. But if you find that this is happening quite often, it is worth talking with your physician. 

According to the researchers, it is very common for people who suffer a cerebrovascular accident to mention that they were having attention issues prior to the event.