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Higher Cognitive Decline in Elderly People With Stroke Risk Factors

by Hannah Punitha on  February 23, 2008 at 5:59 PM Senior Health News   - G J E 4
Higher Cognitive Decline in Elderly People With Stroke Risk Factors
The researchers also identified three specific risk factors significantly linked to memory loss - high systolic blood pressure, diabetes, and left ventricular hypertrophy.
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Diabetes was associated with about at 56 percent increase in the rate of cognitive decline while left ventricular hypertrophy was associated with about a 60 percent increase in the rate of decline.

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Howard said that a 31 mm Hg-higher level of blood pressure was associated with a 29 percent increase in the rate of cognitive decline.

"Others have shown the Framingham Stroke Risk Function is related to cognitive decline. I believe we are the first to say it's because of these particular components," Howard said.

He called this conclusion a logical assumption, but said a clinical trial is required to confirm it.

Source: ANI
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