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Coronary heart disease may speed up cognitive decline

It is natural for a person's memory and thinking abilities, or cognitive function, to wane as they age — even if they are in good health. However, the rate of cognitive decline can speed up if they experience heart attack or angina, according to new research.

"Incident CHD is associated with accelerated cognitive decline after, but not before, the event."

The recent Journal of the American College of Cardiology study is unique; it tracked cognitive decline both before and after incident CHD.

Findings highlight the long-term relationship between cognitive decline and CHD.

Studies that have explored the links between circulation problems and cognitive decline have tended to focus on conditions that affect the blood supply to the brain, such as stroke.

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