“Until this point, most studies which looked into this association were cross-sectional, which have limitations,” said Lin Yee Chen, MD, MS, Associate Professor with tenure, Cardiovascular Division. “In our study, brain MRI scans were performed at two different times within ten years.”

Dr. Chen's study, Atrial Fibrillation and Brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging Abnormalitiesdetermined that atrial fibrillation (Afib) is independently associated with changes that occur with aging and dementia.

Jeremy Berman, a University of Minnesota cardiology fellow is the first author of this paper.

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