Stroke Survivors Face 3-Fold Increase in Dementia Risk Within First Year

2 Feb 2024 • As per recent research, the risk of dementia was 80% higher in stroke survivors than in the general population, persisting over time.

  • The risk peaked almost threefold in the initial year post-stroke, decreasing to a 1.5-fold increase by the fifth year, yet remaining elevated even two decades later.
  • Notably, those who experienced intracerebral hemorrhage faced a nearly 150% higher risk than their counterparts.
  • Having a stroke increased the risk of dementia even after accounting for other dementia risk factors, such as high blood pressure, Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol.

These are findings from preliminary research to be presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2024. The meeting will be held in Phoenix, Feb. 7-9.

Source: AHA Newsroom | Read full story

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