Study links A-Fib to dementia risk in stroke survivors

03/7/2011 | U.S. News & World Report

A meta-analysis of 15 studies, published in the journal Neurology, found that stroke survivors with atrial fibrillation had a 2.4-fold increased risk of dementia compared with counterparts without heart disease. However, an expert said the meta-analysis included a broad range of studies and did not control for possible confounding factors, such as the presence of aphasia, which can affect cognitive functioning.

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