Aspirin May Reduce Cognitive Decline

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over-the-counter medicine to guard against memory loss could be a groundbreaking discovery. Here’s a closer look at the new research. However. given that about 25 percent of Americans ages 70 and older suffer from dementia (memory-robbing disorders like Alzheimer’s disease) or cognitive impairment. researchers report. Find The Medicare Plan That's Right For You Good for the Heart—and the Brain The BMJ researchers tracked the brain health of 681 Swedish women ages 70 to 92. and some forms of cancer. women who had consistently taken low-dose aspirin during the study actually . but may even help stave off Alzheimer’s disease. At the start of study. none of the women suffered from dementia. at a cost of just two cents per pill. scores fell. The study adds to earlier research suggesting that taking baby aspirin daily may cut risk for Alzheimer’s by up to 55 percent. The low-dose aspirin millions of American pop daily to ward off heart attacks and strokes may also protect memory and mental function in older adults. All of the women were given a battery of memory and cognitive tests known as the mini-mental state exam. strokes. A cheap.• Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) • Stroke Health Topics » Aspirin may be the ultimate wonder drug: a pain reliever that only helps prevent heart attacks. on average. according to a recent Mayo Clinic study published in Neurology. reports the Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation. the earliest sign of the disease. according to a new study published in BMJ Open. When the exam was repeated five years later. but 95 percent were at high risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Population-based observational studies have generally found lower risk for AD among NSAID users. While there were no differences in dementia rates in the two groups. with contradictory results. even though aspirin is the leading therapy prescribed to ward off heart attacks and strokes in at-risk patients. few studies have looked specifically at aspirin. even though it’s the most commonly used medication in the world.” Watch Out for These Alzheimer's Warning Signs Unique Benefits of Aspirin Several earlier studies have looked at the impact of NSAIDs on Alzheimer’s disease (AD) risk. which has recently been shown to spark heart attacks. points out Amy Doneen. at least for elderly women at high cardiovascular risk. compared to never-users.increased their scores. while randomized clinical trials have mostly found no benefit. the little white pills combat chronic inflammation. ARNP. medical director of the Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Center in Spokane. In addition. “Our study suggests a neuroprotective effect of aspirin. The study didn’t find any brain benefit in women who regularly took other non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). such as ibuprofen or naproxen. with more than 100 billion pills swallowed annually. . the strikingly higher scores on the memory and cognitive tests among aspirin users lead the researchers to report. The new study is important because aspirin has a unique benefit not provided by other NSAIDs: It thins the blood. Washington. Longer follow-ups are needed to evaluate the long-term effect of aspirin on cognitive function and dementia. However. thus reducing risk for clots that can trigger a heart attack or ischemic stroke (those caused by blood clots—the most common type of stroke). The BMJ study was the first to examine the effects of lowdoses (75 to 160 milligrams daily) on older women at high risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD).

" Dr. frequently silent strokes that gradually steal the person’s memory. "I have recommended 81 milligrams of baby aspirin for my patients with any vascular risk factors who are either at risk for developing cognitive decline or who currently have mild cognitive impairment or mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease. That’s why strokes interfere with memory.” A Harvard study revealed that that so-called “silent strokes. Other research from Boston University found that 11 percent of middle-aged participants had experienced a silent stroke and associated brain damage. loss of oxygen and nutrients to part of the brain causes cells to die. Isaacson told US News and World Report. .” or strokes that occur without any symptoms.” During an ischemic stroke. an associate professor of clinical neurology and director of the Alzheimer's division at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. protecting against blood clots with daily aspirin therapy is crucial. which can lead to the formation of a clot that obstructs the flow of blood. “Even very small clots that don’t cause any obvious symptoms can cause progressive impairment and loss of memory. including Dr. Richard Isaacson. explains Doneen. But people who have never experienced stroke symptoms can also suffer from memory problems. speech and movement—and rank as the leading cause of disability. Visit The Alzheimer's Learning Center Talk to Your Healthcare Provider Before Taking Aspirin Some neurologists. are related to cognitive decline.8 Foods That Fight Arthritis Combatting a Stealthy Memory Thief The idea behind aspirin-as-memory-booster is sound. advise low-dose aspirin to reduce risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Vascular dementia — an Alzheimer’s-like disorder—frequently results from a series of small. For people with CVD. adds Doneen. “Most people don’t know that heart attacks have the same cause as ischemic strokes: Plaque inside the artery wall ruptures.

However. cautions Doneen. Risks include GI bleeding. improving your diet. . shunning tobacco and secondhand smoke. based on your risk factors and medical conditions. There’s also a lot you can do on your own to keep your brain sharp. including regular exercise. and maintaining an active social life. Your medical provider can help you decide if daily low-dose aspirin makes sense for you. it’s important to realize that the OTC pills can have a downside.

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