Boston, MA (PRWEB) February 21, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new health breakthrough out of the Mayo Clinic finding that heart disease may be linked to mental decline in older people.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/heart-health-articles/how-your-heart-dictates-your-brain-health) notes, to test their conclusions, the research team investigated the association of cardiac disease with two forms of cognitive impairment: amnestic and nonamnestic. Amnesia refers to cognitive impairment involving memory loss and nonamnestic refers to mild cognitive impairment involving other thought processes in the brain. Nonamnestic mild cognitive impairment, the researchers say, tends to show up in people before they get vascular and other non-Alzheimer dementias.
As the article “How Your Heart Dictates Your Brain Health” reports, 2,719 participants were recruited for the study. Everyone was evaluated at the start of the study and at 15-month intervals. The researchers used a mental health measuring chart called the “Clinical Dementia Rating Scale.” They also conducted a neurological evaluation and performed neuropsychological testing. After collecting this data, they gave each patient a diagnosis of normal cognition, mild cognitive impairment, or dementia, respectively. Cardiac disease was also assessed using the participants’ medical records.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article states that of the 1,450 participants without mild cognitive impairment or dementia at baseline, 366 developed the condition. The research team also found that cardiac disease was associated with an increased risk of nonamnestic cognitive impairment—in women in particular.
The article concludes by noting that preventing and managing heart disease could help reduce a patient’s risk for cognitive impairment later in life.
(SOURCE: Roberts, R.O., et al., “Cardiac Disease Associated With Increased Risk of Nonamnestic Cognitive Impairment: Stronger Effect on Women,” JAMA Neurol. January 28, 2013: 1–9.)
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