Cardiovascular diseases are very dangerous and should be taken seriously. These diseases can lead to higher complications ending in strokes or even dementia. Dementia is the loss of mental abilities or cognitive functions as a result from the stroke. These are dangerous attacks that should be dealt with, yet no cure or treatment is currently available for strokes and dementia.
However, a recent study conducted by a team of researchers from the Universities of Edinburgh and Nottingham was able to develop a new drug that might prevent strokes and dementia. The drug is in the early trial stage and shows positive results for the intended function. The study was led by the Head of Research at Alzheimer’s Society, Dr. Hames Pickett together with Professor Joanna Wardlaw, of the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences.
They published the results in the EClinical Medicine Journal. They commented on the developed drug saying, “We are delighted that the results of this trial show promise for treating a common cause of stroke and the commonest cause of vascular dementia, since currently there are no effective treatments. Further trials are underway. There hasn’t been a new drug for dementia for 15 years, so finding evidence that these cheap existing drugs could prevent dementia after a stroke would be a huge breakthrough. It’s promising to see that these two drugs are safe to use and we’ll be excited to see the results of the next stage of testing in a couple of years, which will show whether these drugs can be an effective treatment.”