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The risk of vascular dementia, but not Alzheimer’s disease, is higher in post-MI patients

Higher Risk of Vascular Dementia in Myocardial Infarction Survivors

Literature - Sundbøll J, Horváth-Puhó E, Adelborg K, et al. - Circulation 2017; published online ahead of print

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Patients with a history of MI have a higher risk of vascular dementia, particularly if they additionally have a history of stroke. There was no association between MI and Alzheimer’s disease or non-vascular dementia. Common risk factors for MI and vascular dementia may be the driving mechanisms explaining the association between the two diseases. Stroke was a strong modifier of this association, without a substantial impact on the association with other dementia subtypes. These data suggest that strategies for the prevention of vascular dementia in post-MI patients are warranted.

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