Alzheimer's Medication May Also Lower Heart Attack Risk

Published 06/05 2013 01:55PM

Updated 06/05 2013 02:02PM

Drugs used to treat early-stage Alzheimer's may also lower the risk for heart attack and death.

Swedish researchers studied more than seven thousand people with Alzheimer's disease.

They found those taking drugs like Aricept, Exelon, or Razadyne were a third less likely to die from any cause -- compared to people not taking the drugs.

They also had a nearly forty percent reduced risk for heart attack.

The researchers can't say the drugs caused these benefits -- but they believe there is a link.

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