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Treating Heart Conditions Reduces Risk of Alzheimer's

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on April 15, 2011 at 10:07 AM
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 Treating Heart Conditions Reduces Risk of Alzheimer's

Treating the risk factors for heart diseases like hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes might also curb the progression of Alzheimer's disease. Dietary changes, cholesterol lowering statins and anti-hypertensive drugs combined with other treatments which promote healthy blood vessels reduces the risk of developing mild memory and cognitive problems into Alzheimer's disease.

The study showed that participants who took treatment for their heart conditions were 39% less likely to develop Alzheimer's. The link between treating heart conditions and lowering the risk for Alzheimer's is unclear but it is seen that treatment substantially reduces the risk. Hypertension and high cholesterol may affect the accumulation of the protein plaques in the brain that are a hallmark of the Alzheimer's and treating the underlying cause may prevent the progression of the disease.

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This study is significant as it highlights the importance of vascular risk factors for Alzheimer's disease which can be modified. One cannot do anything about the genetic and age factors. The study was conducted in China and is published in the journal Neurology.

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