Dementia risks rise with overuse of anti-stroke dual-drug combo

November 16, 2014 11:07 PM

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Dementia risks rise with overuse of anti-stroke dual-drug combo

"The dual drug regimen is often used to prevent strokes in people with coronary artery disease or peripheral vascular disease, but we have to consider that long-term exposure to anti-clotting drugs such as warfarin, if not well controlled, can significantly increase bleeding risk," says lead author Dr. T. Jared Bunch.

According to Dr. Bunch, an increased risk of bleeding could result in micro bleeds within the brain accumulating gradually over a period of time. Although these micro bleeds may not initially cause symptoms, their continual occurrence could raise the risk of dementia.

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