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Medication That Treats Early Stage Alzheimer’s May Protect Heart Health

Posted on February 16, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Although the early stages of Alzheimer’s might not cause significant impairment, eventually it could progress to the point of disability. Meanwhile, those who are taking medication to treat early stages of Alzheimer’s might find additional heart health benefits.

A new study finds that the risk of heart attack, death by cardiovascular causes, and death by any cause could be reduced by drugs used to treat early stage Alzheimer’s. Patients taking cholinesterase inhibitors reduced the risk of death by cardiovascular causes by 26 percent, heart attack by 38 percent and death from any cause by 36 percent. It was also found the higher the dosage, the lower the risk of suffering a heart attack or death.

Cardiovascular conditions can also become debilitating. So along with managing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, the benefits in heart health may present further benefits.

Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

The following, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, are the general stages experienced throughout the course of Alzheimer’s:

  • Stage One – No Impairment (no symptoms of dementia);
  • Stage Two – Very Mild Decline (earliest signs of Alzheimer’s or normal aging);
  • Stage Three – Mild Decline (problems start to be noticed by others, sometimes leads to diagnosis);
  • Stage Four – Moderate Decline (early stage of Alzheimer’s can usually be diagnosed);
  • Stage Five – Moderately Severe Decline (symptoms noticeable and start to impact ability to function with day-to-day tasks);
  • Stage Six – Severe Decline (worsening memory, sometimes with personality changes); and
  • Stage Seven – Very Severe Decline (inability to respond or function normally, requiring personal care and help with daily activities).

Whether it’s heart disease, dementia or Alzheimer’s, these disabling medical conditions can make it impossible for one to function at home and in the workforce. Disability Help Group can assist disabled adults or their families apply for Social Security disability benefits or appeal a claim that has been denied.