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Memory Loss After Stroke

  • Signy SheldonEmail author
  • Gordon Winocur
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Abstract

Memory loss is one of the most common types of cognitive impairment affecting patients after stroke. Memory and related deficits are most severe in the first few weeks following stroke, but can persist for years after the episode [1–3]. The result is a reduction in quality of life, including decreased abilities in performing daily activities and in returning to the workplace [4, 5]. In one quarter of stroke survivors, impairments worsen and develop into dementia, a neurodegenerative condition marked by a range of cognitive deficits [6, 7]. Recent data show that the risk of developing dementia after ischemic stroke is higher than age- and education-matched healthy controls, suggesting common risk factors or some underlying common pathophysiologic mechanisms.

Keywords

Episodic Memory Vascular Dementia Medial Temporal Lobe Stroke Survivor Retrograde Amnesia 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric CareTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Department PsychologyUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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