Course of cognitive decline before and after incident stroke

Takeaway

  • Pre-stroke and post-stroke cognitive decline (CD) are both associated with incident stroke (IS).

Why this matters

  • Longitudinal data on CD (pre-stroke and long-term post-stroke) are limited and variable.

  • It is important to measure CD in stroke patients relative to CD generally associated with aging.

  • Future trials may assess impact of acute stroke interventions on cognitive function.