Intensive care linked to higher dementia risk in seniors

12/27/2012 | DailyRx.com

Stays in the intensive care unit were associated with increased risk of dementia in seniors, according to a study in the journal Critical Care. Researchers examined 25,368 Medicare patients and found that 17.8% developed dementia during the course of the study. Those with certain infections or short-term cognitive issues or those who received dialysis in the ICU faced higher likelihood of developing dementia. The association may highlight a need to more closely monitor certain patients for memory problems.

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