Dementia is a common neurological disorder and an ever-increasing problem, specifically among the older population. The frequency is multiplying so fast that, it would be of no surprise if it touches 2 billion by 2050.
Dementia is a loss of brain function and total cognitive ability leaving the person hopeless of performing even his/her daily basic activities. A recent study shows that reduced cerebral blood flow (CBF) due to heart disease attacks the vascular homeostasis of the brain. Heart attack survivors are at an increased risk of developing dementia, according to this study.
The study involved 314,911 heart attack patients who were compared with 1,573,193 people who had never had a heart attack. These numbers exclude individuals who are already diagnosed with dementia or other memory disorders. The study was for a prolonged time period of 35 years and during this period, there were 3,615 cases of Alzheimer’s disease, 2,034 cases of vascular dementia and 5,627 cases of other dementia among the heart attack patients.
Researchers concluded that heart attack increased the risk of vascular dementia (caused due to impaired blood flow to the brain) by 35%. Hypertension, stroke and having undergone coronary artery bypass surgery are quoted as possible reasons for this link.
Cure for Dementia
We know that dementia cannot be cured but only prevented. To prevent it, we need to understand the risk factors causing it and described above is one of the most important risk factors for dementia.
A healthy diet may indirectly reduce the occurrence of the disease. Exercise has also been associated with prevention of cognitive decline and dementia. The website www.firsteatright.com contains a detailed description of the effectiveness of physical activity in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
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