12 November 2014
Many people experience a significant drop in their physical abilities after they have a stroke or heart attack. This could become more prevalent in the coming years with an aging population and medical intervention ensuring that more people survive such traumas.
A new study from the University of Michigan (U-M) has found that people who suffer a stroke or heart attack are at a higher risk of experiencing depression and mental declines, including memory loss.
The research also found that survivors of heart attacks and stroke were associated with a rapid decline in ability to take care of themselves over the next ten years. This includes needing assistance with many daily activities like dressing, bathing, grocery shopping and managing finances.
Published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, the study indicates that more support may be needed.
“Our findings suggest that heart attack and stroke survivors should be screened and monitored for functional disability long after discharge from the hospital because patients may need additional help with activities of daily living over the years after heart attack and stroke,” says senior author Theodore Iwashyna, associate professor of internal medicine at the U-M Medical School.
Posted by Jeanette Royston
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