Stroke may impair memory without necessarily causing dementia or any other cognitive impairment, according to a report from Columbia University researchers. Findings from a study of 1300 people, just over 76 years of age, suggest that stroke increases the risk of cognitive decline. The researchers speculated that stroke may cause memory problems by damaging or destroying certain areas of the brain or by triggering the deposit of materials that form brain plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
If you have symptoms of a stroke, it is a medical emergency. Brain tissue dies quickly when deprived of oxygen. Early treatment can minimize brain damage and potential disability or even mean the difference between life and death. Learn the symptoms of stroke from Bay Area Medical Information
via Archives of Neurology, April 2006