Heart Disease Linked With Dementia

Older women with a history of heart trouble or vascular disease, especially postmenopausal women, are at higher risk for decreased brain function such as dementia than those without heart disease, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association.

Doctors already suspected a link existed, but studies provided new evidence on a broad scale including many different types of heart disease.

The risk of mental decline, such as thinking and memory skill, was about twice as high among women who had a heart attack as it was among those who had not. Heart disease risk factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes also increased the risk for mental decline, but obesity did not boost the risk.

Further research is still needed to examine how preventing heart disease might reduce the risk of dementia.

Resource: IDEA Fitness Journal

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