(CTN News) – A recent dementia study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association has found that individuals with coronary heart disease (CHD) are at an increased risk for developing all-cause dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and vascular.
The study also revealed that the risk is higher for those who develop CHD at a younger age. The research, conducted by Jie Liang and colleagues from the dementia Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College in Beijing, utilized data from the U.K. Biobank and included 432,667 adults, of which 11.7 percent had CHD.
According to the study, individuals with CHD are at a greater risk of developing all-cause, Alzheimer’s disease, and vascular compared to those without CHD.
The risk of developing these conditions increases with a younger age at the onset of CHD. The hazard ratios for all-cause dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and vascular were found to be 1.25, 1.29, and 1.22, respectively, per 10-year decrease in age at onset.
Even after propensity score matching, the risks for all-cause dementia
Alzheimer’s disease and vascular were significantly higher for patients with CHD than matched controls across all age groups, The hazard ratios exhibit a gradual increase as the age at onset decreases.
The authors state that the current discoveries hold significant implications for public health, as they aid in identifying vulnerable populations with dementia.
These findings reveal that individuals diagnosed with CHD at a younger age, particularly before reaching midlife (below 45 years old), maybe at the highest risk of developing dementia in the future.