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Low scores on thinking-skills tests may signal heart attack risk

(Reuters Health) For older people without dementia, fuzzy thinking and lack of self control may be signs of higher risk for heart attack or stroke, a new European study suggests.
Older people who scored badly on a test of decision making and problem-solving - so-called executive function skills - had nearly double the risk of heart attack and 50 percent higher risk of stroke compared to people who did better on the tests.
Since lower scores on cognitive function tests might indicate previous vascular damage in the brain, the researchers expected a connection to stroke risk, but were surprised to see an increased risk for heart attack as well, said Dr. Behnam Sabayan of Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands.
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