Medicomp, the Holter monitoring experts, is sharing the recent results of a study on preventing dementia in patients. The key may lie in the proper management of risk factors that lead to heart disease. Rebecca Gottesman, MD, PhD, of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, reported at the International Stroke Conference that her team’s 25-year Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Neurocognitive Study (ARIC-NCS) found that patients who smoked, were hypertensive, or were diabetic – all risk factors for cardiovascular disease – were up to 40% more likely to develop dementia later in life.
Of all factors, diabetes carried with it the greatest risk; of the 10,000 patients in the study, the rate of dementia was almost double that of patients who were not diabetic. Gottesman concluded, “In fact, the risk associated with diabetes nears the increased risk associated with having an APOE4