Atrial Fibrillation May Be Linked To Memory Problems In Some Patients.
WebMD (2/28, Mann) reports that research published in the in the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests "that some people with" atrial fibrillation (AF) "who also have other heart disease risks may be more likely to develop memory problems."
HealthDay (2/28, Preidt) reports, that investigators "analyzed data from two trials that included over 31,000 people in 40 countries, aged 55 and older." Study "participants had heart disease or diabetes and some organ damage stemming from these diseases." The researchers "used a common screening test known as the mini-mental state examination (MMSE) to assess the participants' mental function at the start...and over the course of the study."
HeartWire (2/28, Nainggolan) reports that "AF was associated with cognitive decline (hazard ratio 1.14), new dementia (HR 1.30), loss of independence in performing activities of daily living (HR 1.35), and admission to long-term-care facilities (HR 1.53)." The findings "were consistent among participants with and without stroke or receiving antihypertensive drugs," according to the researchers.
POSTED BY: STEVEN ALMANY, MD