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Cognitive dysfunction associated with heart disease.

Having heart disease is associated with a higher risk of cognitive problems in the areas of language, thinking, and judgment, especially in women, according to a study published online January 28, 2013 in JAMA Neurology. In the study, which included more than 2,700 participants between the ages of 70 and 89, 8.8 percent of the people who had heart disease developed a condition called "nonamnestic mild cognitive impairment (MCI)," meaning that they exhibited signs of cognitive decline but no signs of memory loss, while 4.4 percent of those without heart disease developed nonamnestic MCI. Heart disease and nonamnestic MCI occurred together more frequently among the women than the men in the study. Although nonamnestic MCI doesn't involve memory loss, it may be a precursor to vascular and other non-Alzheimer's types of dementia. These findings suggest that taking steps to protect your heart may also help protect your brain.

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Title Annotation:HEART BEAT
Publication:Heart Advisor
Date:Apr 1, 2013
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