Verbal fluency linked to risk of later stroke

PATIENTS with poor performance on verbal fluency and memory tests may have a higher risk of stroke.
  A US population-based study, in over 47,000 middle-aged people free of stroke at baseline, found those who scored in the bottom 20% on verbal fluency and word recall memory tests had over a threefold risk of stroke compared with people in the top 20% after five years. 

The results, due to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 63rd Annual Meeting in Honolulu in April, found the association between poor cognitive performance and stroke risk remained after adjusting for age, education and race. 

“This study shows we might get a better idea of who is at high risk of stroke by including a couple of simple tests when we are evaluating people who already have some stroke risk,” the authors said.