New studies are showing that after a heart attack, the brain is affected alongside the body. The research is showing that 6% of people are experiencing cognitive decline after a heart attack or angina. The study appears in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The problem with the cognitive function is that even small differences can lead to an increased risk of dementia for the long term.
The study is led by Wuxiang Xie, who works as a researcher at the Imperial College School of Public Health. He says that the cognitive decline can lead to dementia and the problem that we don’t have a cure for it. So the most we can do is to detect it early and to do something that can delay the progression of dementia. The patients with a history of a heart attack or angina are threatened with dementia, and they have to be carefully monitored in the following years.
Also, a coronary heart disease is produced by the built up of too much cholesterol and fat. Because of these two factors, the heart will get blocked from receiving blood or oxygen. All this is causing angina or a heart attack. The study was possible with the information from 8.000 patients with age over 50 years old.
New Study Revealed That Heart Attacks Boost Risks Of Cognitive Decline
The patients selected for the survey never experienced a heart attack, angina, or stroke, and not even with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. All the information gathered between 2002 and 2017.
Besides this, the researchers tested each type of patients. Those with coronary heart disease are having cognitive decline; the patients with angina are having problems orienting themselves with time, and the ones with heart attacks have a verbal reduction. Suvi P. Rovio says that poor cardiovascular health is leading to damage to the neutral and vascular tissue in the brain.
Finally, the study is showing that heart diseases have an essential role in the course of cognitive decline trajectory in patients with older age. The primordial measure is to prevent this from happening and to identify the problem of the heart attacks and damage to the brain.