Overtreatment for Heart Disease May Increase Risk of Alzheimer’s

Overtreatment for Heart Disease May Increase Risk of Alzheimer’s
shutterstock_170915609Patients receiving treatment to correct or control atrial fibrillation, and end up being "overtreated" for a long period of time with anti-clotting medication warfarin, in combination with antiplatelet treatments aspirin or clopidigrel, may have an increased risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer's disease according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014, and announced in a press release. Atrial fibrillation, a heart rhythm deviation that can predispose a patient to stroke, is commonly treated with a combination of anti-clotting and antiplatelet medications. However, this research was able to demonstrate for the first time the correlation between atrial fibrillation and dementia. “The dual drug regimen is often used to prevent strokes in people with coronary artery disease or peripheral vascular disease," explained the lead author of the study and director of electrophysiology at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute i
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