Letters

Atherosclerotic disease and cognitive decline

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6951.411a (Published 06 August 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:411
  1. M N Payne,
  2. A F Jones,
  3. R G Murray,
  4. J M Beattie
  1. Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham B9 5SS.

    EDITOR, - Monique M B Breteler and colleagues describe an association between the clinical manifestations of atherosclerotic disease and cognitive decline in elderly people. They conclude that atherosclerotic disease may account for considerable cognitive impairment and suggest it is time to study whether population wide atherosclerotic risk factor intervention can prevent such cognitive decline.1

    The assumption made is that the potentially modifiable atherosclerotic process is the major determinant of the observed cognitive impairment. This may be …

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