Antipsychotics raise cardiac risk in elderly with dementia, study says

03/27/2012 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Elderly patients with dementia are at significantly higher risk of heart attack in the first month of taking antipsychotic medications, University of Montreal researchers reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The risk declines over time, but the study team wrote that physicians should be cautious when using the drugs, which often are prescribed to control the effects of dementia, such as aggression.

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