Older patients (≥65 years) with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) are undertreated for cardiovascular disease (CVD). One reason for this disparity could be that patients with MCI might underestimate the chances of CVD and overestimate dementia.
Less use of CVD treatments in MCI seems unlikely to be driven by differential perceptions of CVD risk. Future work to improve awareness of CVD risks in older patients and dementia risk in patients with MCI are warranted.
Kimmel HJ, Levine DA, Whitney RT, Forman J, Plassman BL, Fagerlin A, Welsh-Bohmer KA, Reale BK, Galecki AT, Blair E, Langa KM, Giordani B, Kollman C, Wang J, Zahuranec DB. A Mixed-Methods Study of the Impact of Mild Cognitive Impairment Diagnosis on Patient and Care Partner Perception of Health Risks. J Alzheimers Dis. 2022;85(3):1175-1187. doi: 10.3233/JAD-215155. PMID: 34924384.