Neuroepidemiology of vascular and Alzheimer's dementia among African-American women.

Y. Harris*, P. B. Gorelick, S. Freels, M. Billingsley, N. Brown, D. Robinson

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To better understand risk factors for Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia, demographic, medical, and other epidemiological factors were compared for 83 African-American women with Alzheimer's disease and 46 with vascular dementia. Overall, the risk-factor profiles for Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia were similar to those in other studies. However, Alzheimer's patients had a high frequency of hypertension and a relatively high frequency of diabetes mellitus. The presence of such risk factors raises the possibility that there is a vascular component to the dementia in these African-American women with Alzheimer's disease. Neuropathological studies are needed to help answer this question.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)741-745
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the National Medical Association
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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