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Let’s use our bodies to protect our minds from dementia

CPSR research leader Dr. Sandra Black and Mary Lewis of the Heart and Stroke Foundation have produced this opinion piece, just published in the Globe and Mail, on the rising tide of dementia, which they call one of our greatest health challenges.

“The evidence is clear that there is an intrinsic link between failing cardiovascular health and dementia. Between one- quarter and one-half of patients with heart failure also have cognitive impairment. As well, “silent strokes” – small strokes that go unrecognized by the patient – are a major contributor to vascular dementia, the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease. Overall, in older adults, vascular disease is implicated in four out of five persons with cognitive impairment, and particularly in those with Alzheimer’s disease.”

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