Although everyone loses some cognitive capacity as they age new research from the U.S. suggests that people at high risk for stroke also have the highest rate of cognitive decline. The study, of more than 17, 000 people found that those at high risk of stroke declined twice as fast as those at low risk. Those rated as having a 22% chance of having a stroke in the next ten years had double the rate of cognitive decline as those who were only thought to have a 2% chance. High blood pressure, diabetes and left ventricular hypertrophy were the three, specific, risk factors associated with memory loss.
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