Antipsychotic Drugs Might Raise Heart Attack Risk
"Because [antipsychotic] use is frequent in patients with dementia .
first month of treatment accounting for the highest period of risk."
It's common to prescribe antipsychotics to older patients with dementia to control symptoms such as agitation, hallucinations and aggression. Previous studies have found that this use of the drugs may be linked to an increased risk of stroke and death from all causes. Antoine Pariente, of Universite Bordeaux Segalen in France, and colleagues.
The study, Nike Black And White Shoes Tumblr which found an association between antipsychotic use and heart attack but did not prove cause and effect, appeared online March 26 in the Archives of Nike Purple Sneakers
"Meanwhile, physicians should limit prescribing of antipsychotic drugs to patients with dementia and instead use other techniques when available, such as environmental and behavioral strategies, to keep these patients safe and engaged," they suggested.
Further research is required to learn more about why the use of antipsychotic drugs in dementia patients may increase the risk of heart attack, Dr. Sudeep Gill and Dr. Dallas Seitz, of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, wrote in an accompanying editorial.
Within a year of starting treatment with the antipsychotics, 1.3 percent of the patients had a heart attack. Compared to those not taking antipsychotics, the risk of heart attack among those taking them was 2.19 times higher for the first 30 days, 1.62 times higher for the first 60 days, 1.36 times higher for the first 90 days, and 1.15 times higher for the first year.
They looked at nearly 11,000 patients, aged 66 and older, in Quebec who were being treated with cholinesterase inhibitors for dementia and were also prescribed antipsychotics.
WEDNESDAY, March 28 (HealthDay News) Antipsychotic drugs can raise the risk of heart attack in older patients with dementia, a new study suggests.
study results indicate that the use of [antipsychotic medications] is associated with a modest increase in the risk of [heart attack] among community dwelling older patients with treated dementia," the researchers wrote. "The increased risk seems to be highest at the beginning of treatment and seems to decrease thereafter, with the Nike Shoes Exercise
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