Memory Tests May Help Reveal Risk of Stroke

Memory Tests May Help Reveal Risk of Stroke

Memory Tests May Help Reveal Risk of Stroke

Declining mental abilities or memory problems could represent a stroke risk, according to a new study authored by University of Alabama’s Abraham Letter.  The study reveals that by implementing a few simple tests to stroke evaluations, better readings are possible for how high the stroke risk factor is for individuals.

The study was conducted by giving examinations to people who had not suffered a stroke and were older than 45 years of age. The average age of the patients participating in the study was 67.

The research participants were then contacted by telephone twice per year for duration of 4.5 years in order to determine if they had experienced a stroke. Answers in the affirmative were confirmed and checked using medical records.

There were two tests used during the initial screening. 17,851 people in the study were tested on their memory by using a word recall test. A further 14,842 participants were given a test for verbal fluency intended to measure executive functioning skills in the brain.

The study was funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the National Institutes of Health.


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