Can Alzheimer’s Drugs Benefit the Heart?

Drugs used to treat early-stage Alzheimer’s disease may also reduce patients’ risk of heart attack and death, according to a new study.

Researchers followed more than 7,000 Alzheimer’s disease patients in Sweden for more than three years. Those taking cholinesterase inhibitors had a 38 percent lower risk of heart attack, a 26 percent lower risk of death from cardiovascular causes such as stroke and a 36 percent lower risk of death from any cause, compared to those who did not take the drugs.

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