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09/18/2017

Longer life with dementia? No thanks!

An article this week, from The European Heart Journal, reports that cholinesterase inhibitors, commonly used to treat some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, also lower the rate of heart attacks and other causes of death.   As the researchers explained, “for every 100,000 people with Alzheimer’s disease, there would be 180 fewer heart attacks – 295 as opposed to 475 – and 1125 fewer deaths from all causes – 2000 versus 3125 – every year among those taking ChEIs compared to those not using them.”  As reported in the relentlessly upbeat Alzheimer’s & Dementia Weekly, there is no suggestion that this might not necessarily be a good thing.

Note to self: Just in case I do not manage to end my life before getting dementia, make clear to my health care proxy now that under no circumstances do I want any drugs that might risk prolonging my life.

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