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Study backs up connection between atrial fibrillation and dementia

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

One of the longest and most comprehensive studies to date has found more evidence that people diagnosed with a type of rapid or irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation may be at greater risk for cognitive decline and dementia.

The new study can’t say whether the association […]

March 7th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Study backs up connection between atrial fibrillation and dementia

Dementia cases expected to reach 131 million by 2050

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As the world’s population ages, there will be more and more dementia cases.

Dementia means the brain loses abilities, such as memory or communication skills. It’s caused in various ways, including strokes, narrowed or clogged arteries blocking blood flow, Alzheimer’s disease and head injuries.

Steps to protect […]

February 20th, 2018|Categories: Health, Prevention, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Dementia cases expected to reach 131 million by 2050

Congenital heart defects linked to increased risk of dementia

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Being born with a heart defect may raise the odds of later developing dementia, especially early-onset dementia, a new study finds.

Each year, at least 40,000 infants in the United States are affected by a congenital heart defect. The cause is unknown, but it’s thought that […]

February 12th, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Heart Disease, Research|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Congenital heart defects linked to increased risk of dementia

Blood pressure variations may raise dementia risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

In a study of older Japanese people, large variations in blood pressure readings during home monitoring were associated with a higher risk of all types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.

“Home monitoring of blood pressure may be useful to assess the future risk of dementia,” said […]

August 7th, 2017|Categories: Health, High Blood Pressure, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Blood pressure variations may raise dementia risk

People with bleeding stroke at higher risk of depression, dementia

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

HOUSTON — People who have brain bleeds — the most lethal form of stroke — are at significantly higher risk of developing depression and dementia, according to research released Wednesday.

Previous studies of depression and stroke have focused on ischemic stroke that’s caused by blockages in […]

Heart disease factors in middle age increase risk of dementia later in life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

HOUSTON — People who have heart disease risks in middle age are more likely to have dementia later in life, according to a study presented Wednesday at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2017.

“The health of your vascular system in midlife is really important to […]

Lowering blood pressure, cholesterol doesn’t curb cognitive decline

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — A new study shows that using medications to lower blood pressure and cholesterol does not slow cognitive decline — disappointing news for millions of aging Americans eager to stave off thinking and memory problems.

But what didn’t help cognition also didn’t hurt it […]

AHA statement: high blood pressure linked to higher risk of cognitive impairment

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

High blood pressure is associated with an increased risk of cognitive impairment later in life, according to a new American Heart Association statement.

Published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, the statement is based on multiple studies and explains how high blood pressure influences brain […]

Pre-stroke heart disease risk factors increase long-term risk of stroke, dementia

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People have higher risks of suffering subsequent strokes and dementia if they had  heart disease risk factors such as high blood pressure before their first stroke, according to a study.

Researchers compared 1,237 stroke survivors to a stroke-free group of about 5,000 people from an existing long-term […]

Long-term overtreatment with anti-clotting/antiplatelet drug combo raises risk of dementia in people with irregular heartbeat

Long-term overtreatment with the anti-clotting drug warfarin, combined with antiplatelet therapy with aspirin or clopidigrel to prevent stroke, raises the risk of dementia in people with atrial fibrillation, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Atrial fibrillation is a common heart rhythm abnormality that raises […]

November 16th, 2014|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Long-term overtreatment with anti-clotting/antiplatelet drug combo raises risk of dementia in people with irregular heartbeat