Features October 2011 Issue

Vascular Health Vital to Optimal Heart and Brain Function

Treating hypertension and atherosclerosis may help prevent stroke and dementia.

Controlling your risk of heart disease may control your risk of dementia, too. Thatís the finding of a pair of studies that focus on the heart-brain connection. The first is an American Heart Association statement that atherosclerosis can result in age-related vascular cognitive impairment. Experts who drafted this statement believe that cerebrovascular disease and Alzheimerís disease may work together to cause dementia, and that this may be a very common source of dementia in older adults. The statement was published in the July 22 issue of the journal Stroke.

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