While the link between stroke and dementia is well known, a systematic review led by researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School has quantified the risk of developing dementia following a stroke. After accounting for other risk factors, including blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, the study established that a recent stroke doubles the risk of dementia, while a history of stroke raises the risk by 70 percent. The researchers examined 48 studies, including data for 3.2 million participants. The authors conclude that stroke prevention strategies should be integrated with health interventions to reduce dementia risk and lower health-care costs. Further research is required to determine whether appropriate post-stroke care can further reduce the effects.
SOURCE: Alzheimer’s and Dementia, August 31, 2018
DATE Retrieved: September 5, 2018