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Health Alert: Alzheimer Study

Updated: Wednesday, March 5 2014, 04:39 PM EST
CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- A report released Wednesday says deaths from Alzheimer's disease may be as high as those caused by heart disease or cancer!

This new report just released in the Journal Neurology has some alarming numbers about the death rates from Alzheimer's disease.  Right now, the Centers for Disease Control lists it as the sixth most common cause of death.  But these new numbers show it could be higher than that. 

We stopped out at Mercy Health Hospital West to tell you more about it.  We are here in the Cath lab for a story on Heart Disease with the American Heart Association.  As you may know, what is good for the heart is good for the head; lowering blood pressure, fat and cholesterol can all help both.

But this study found that when researchers studied 600 people for eight years, almost half of those that developed Alzheimer's disease passed away.  A number much higher than previously thought.

So what does this tell us?  Perhaps that early intervention is needed to reduce Alzheimer's risks in the same way we take on heart risks.  But also since you notice changes often in others you should tell a person to talk to a health care provider about memory concerns as early as possible.

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