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Ischemic heart disease linked to increased risk of dementia and faster cognitive decline in older people

Older people with ischemic heart disease have an increased long-term risk of dementia and accelerated cognitive decline, independent of coexisting atrial fibrillation, heart failure, and cerebrovascular disease. A recent study published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia, suggests that the heart, the brain, and cognitive function are connected in the aging process and that appropriate prevention and treatment of ischemic heart disease in older people might reduce the burden of dementia.