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Severe, rapid memory loss linked to future, fatal strokes
Myriam
Posted: Thursday, February 2, 2012 12:45 PM
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From the Alzheimer's Daily News:


(Source: American Heart Association) - Severe, rapid memory loss may be linked to - and could predict - a future deadly stroke, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2012.

Researchers found that people who died after stroke had more severe memory loss in the years before stroke compared to people who survived stroke or people who didn't have a stroke.

The people who survived a stroke had worse average memory even before the stroke compared to similar individuals who never had a stroke during follow-up. At the time of stroke, memory function dropped an average 0.321 points. This difference is about the same as the average memory decline associated with growing 4.1 years older among those who remained stroke free. Because of the large stroke-related declines, memory impairment was common among stroke survivors.

Increased memory loss may be linked to a higher risk of fatal stroke for several reasons, researchers said.

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