'Silent Strokes' May Damage Memory
About 25% of seniors have had them
By Dustin Lushing, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2011 5:00 PM CST
Silent strokes may be damaging the memory of seniors.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – "Silent strokes" may be taking a toll on seniors' memory. A new study shows that seniors who have suffered such strokes—they don't have obvious symptoms but leave behind dead brain cells—do worse on memory tests, reports USA Today. It's no small thing: An estimated 1 in 4 seniors have had the strokes.

"Since silent strokes and the volume of the hippocampus appeared to be associated with memory loss separately in our study, our results also support stroke prevention as a means for staving off memory problems," says the author of the study in the upcoming issue of Neurology.

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Riffran
Jan 3, 2012 2:41 AM CST
sadly...micro-infarct dementia, is more common than realized....
sroro
Jan 1, 2012 1:04 AM CST
Memory is such an interesting thing to study.
roddy6667
Dec 31, 2011 12:13 PM CST
I'm still waiting for the trolley.