Heart attack increases the risk of vascular dementia, says study
A new study says that heart attack increases the risk of vascular dementia by 35%.
The risk is high for up to 35 years after the heart attack, found the research.
For the study, the team checked the number of dementia cases among two lakh heart patients during the period 1980-2012.
The study pointed out that heart attack is not related to increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.
However, heart patients only have an increased risk of vascular dementia.
Vascular dementia is a brain damage caused by multiple strokes.
It leads to decline in thinking skills because of blocked or reduced blood flow to the brain.