Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is regarded as a precursor to dementia, but not all patients with MCI develop dementia. We followed up 165 elderly outpatients with MCI for a mean of 3 years. The aims were (1) to investigate the risk of conversion to dementia for different MCI subtypes diagnosed according to standardized criteria (amnestic; impairment of memory plus other cognitive domains; nonamnestic); (2) to assess whether the risk of conversion was affected by several established and emerging vascular risk factors. Forty-eight subjects (29%) converted to dementia, and the risk of conversion was doubled for amnestic MCI with respect to the other subtypes. Independently of MCI subtype, risk of conversion was associated with atrial fibrillation and low serum folate levels. Our results show that current diagnostic criteria for MCI define heterogeneous populations, but some potentially treatable vascular risk factors may be of help in predicting conversion to dementia.

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