Recent studies have shown that people who have a poor memory or other mental abilities declines tend to have an increased risk of stroke.
This result is based on the research conducted by researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In the study, researchers gave word recall memory test on 17,851 people and verbal fluency tests on 14,842 people that is designed to measure the brain’s executive functioning skills
Participants were people aged over 45 years (average age 67 years old) and never had a stroke, were then contacted twice a year for up to 4.5 years.
During the follow-up period, the researchers found that 129 people who took the recall memory tests and 123 people who took the verbal fluency tests suffered a stroke.
These results based on the memory test indicate that participants who had memory test scores below 20 percent have a 3.5 times greater risk of suffering a stroke. While for the verbal fluency test, participants who scored below 20 percent are 3.6 times more likely to suffer stroke.
As for the age of 50 years, those who scored below 20 percent test of memory test are 9.4 times more likely to suffer stroke.
“Finding ways to prevent stroke and identify people at risk for stroke are important public health problems,” said study author J. Letter of Abraham, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
According to Abraham, this study might give a better idea for people who are at high risk of stroke by including a few simple tests when evaluating people who already have some risk of stroke.
The result of this study was published online and will be presented at a meeting of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) in Honolulu.