An aspirin a day 'could enhance cardiovascular health'

4 October 2012

Elderly women who are at a high risk of developing cardiovascular disease could improve their health by taking a single aspirin a day.

This is according to new research conducted by Swedish scientists, who used a mini mental state exam to determine their findings.

Around 500 at risk women, who were aged between 70 and 92 years old, were studied for five years and had their mental capacity analysed at the start and end of the research.

This included each participant being tested for their intellectual capacity, by being asked orientation questions such as "what is today's date" as well as on their visual-spatial capability. The latter involved each woman being asked to draw two interlinking pentagons.

At the end of the five-year study, it was found that the women who took aspirin for the entire period saw their test scores fall much less than those without a prescription.

Dr Simon Ridley, head of research at Alzheimer's Research UK, acknowledged: "The results provide interesting insight into the importance of cardiovascular health on cognition, but we would urge people not to self-medicate with aspirin to try to stave off dementia."

Posted by Philip Briggs

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