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Memory lapse in people with higher education can signal stroke risk, study finds

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g7604 (Published 12 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7604
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Subjective reports of memory lapses are independently associated with an increased risk of stroke in people who are educated to university level, a follow-up study has found.1

“Studies have shown how stroke causes memory complaints,” explained Arfan Ikram, lead author and associate professor of neuroepidemiology at Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. “Given the shared underlying vascular pathology, we posed the reverse question: ‘Do memory complaints indicate an increased risk of strokes?’”

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