Heart Conditions Increase Dementia Risk

Heart Conditions Increase Dementia Risk

A recent study has made new discoveries related to dementia. It was concluded that with a higher number of cardiometabolic conditions there is higher risk of cognitive decline, reports McKnight’s. Researchers believe that addressing these conditions can help lower the risk of dementia.

David J. Llewellyn, Ph.D. and colleagues studied the diagnosis of dementia in adults who have diabetes, heart attack or stroke and compared it to individuals who are at a higher risk for dementia because of their genetic makeup. It was concluded that the higher the prevalence of heart and metabolic conditions, the higher the risk of dementia. Individuals who had all three conditions were three times as likely to be diagnosed with dementia.

Researchers noted that the risk of dementia is closely linked to health conditions as well as genetics. 

Llewellyn stated, “For people who have a diagnosis of diabetes, stroke or a heart attack, it is particularly important to look after their health and ensure they are on the right treatment, to prevent further problems as well as to reduce their dementia risk.”

Cornerstone Rehab clinicians are trained to provide care to residents who may be diagnosed with varying conditions. These include: 

Adult and Geriatric Rehab

  • Post-surgery and post-hospitalization

  • Chronic and acute conditions

  • Oncological and related conditions 

Orthopedic Rehab

  • Total hip, total knee, and other major joint replacements

  • Arthritis treatment    

  • Spinal surgery 

Neurologic Rehab

  • Stroke

  • Parkinson’s   

  • Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Respiratory and Cardiac Rehab

  • Covid-19, Post Covid-19 and Related Symptoms 

  • Respiratory conditions

  • COPD


Speech-Language Pathology Services

  • Speech and language disorders

  • Cognitive-communication disorders

  • Augmentative and alternative communication

  • Aphasia

  • Dysphagia

Specialty Programs:

  • Pain management

  • Fall prevention and balance training

  • Wound healing

  • Covid/Post Covid recovery

  • Cognitive and behavioral health

Our physical, occupational and speech therapists are committed to providing care that helps individuals better manage their health.