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Midlife heart disease risk factors harder on the brain in women than men


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Journal
Neurology
Reuters Health - 05/01/2022 - Midlife cardiovascular conditions or risk factors such as diabetes, heart disease and dyslipidemia, may pose a greater threat to thinking and memory in women than men, according to a new study. "Although it is important to treat cardiovascular conditions and risk factors for both women and men, these results suggest that women with these factors in midlife may be more susceptible to cognitive decline and should be monitored more closely," Dr. Michelle Mielke of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, told Reuters Health by email. "Recently, a few studies have shown that cardiovascular factors in midlife are associated with midlife cognition. However, these studies have generally not examined sex differences," Dr. Mielke explained. "Given the higher prevalence of vascular conditions and risk factors for men in midlife, we wanted to see if there were sex differences in relation to cognition." The researchers looked at 1,857 people...


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