Predicting dementia

Cardiovascular disease risk calculators have become part of most GPs’ everyday practice.

Not only do they help guide management but they are great motivating tools for patients who need to make changes if they want to avoid having, a heart attack or stroke.

Now researchers have found another use for these calculators.

According to a US community-based prospective trial, recently published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the greater an older person’s cardiovascular risk burden, the faster their cognitive decline is likely to be. So, in reality, the cardiovascular disease risk calculator also predicts the likelihood of dementia

Researchers were using the Framingham General Cardiovascular Risk Score as part ...

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