Suffering a stroke prompts disastrous effects on our cognitive functions. The brain ages with the equivalent of 8 years as a consequence. A recent study performed on more than 4,900 black and white men, with ages over 65 were analyzed for relevant conclusions on the affection.
It seems that the effects of a stroke are as dramatic as brain damage can be, leading to dementia in some of the people participating in the study. The researchers analyzed the pre and post-stroke behaviors and cognitive data observing progressive brain damage post-stroke.
The patients’ cognitive scores ranked much lower after heart attack occurred especially in older blacks, with twice the amount of people affected, compared to non-hispanic whites.
Lead author of the performed study, assistant professor Deborah Levine, stated that this research should be taken as an important alarm call for all of us. We must start taking good prevention measures and try to live better and healthier lives.
We must take care of our health in order to prevent brain decline. Blood circulation problems can be avoided with healthy nutrition, a healthy lifestyle and less exposure to stress, an agitated life and very demanding social environments. Balance calls for health and this is the perfect way to avoid heart issues that could essentially lead to cognitive decline.
Although the link with dementia is based on facts, the study is not very relevant on the statistic levels of risk that heart attacks poses over developing the affection.
Other pieces of research in the area of meta-analysis claim stroke influences only one cognitive aspect, such as attention or language, due to the specialized layout of the brain.
Researchers have been working on tests related to speed and memory scoring in study subjects starting with 1988. They examined individual cognitive differences in patients who suffered a stroke over the last 17 years, compared to the ones who have not been subjected to such a life event
A consequent meta-analysis that was released in the halls of a University from China, found that the prevalence of post stroke cognitive decline ranges between 20% and 80% of stroke patients, depending on the information taken from the study. This is a pretty wide range and we need further analysis to consider the relevance of the landmarks.
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