Heart Health = Brain Health
One key to slowing aging in your brain is to keep your heart healthy.
According to a new observational study published this week in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, people whose hearts pumped less blood had brains that appeared older than the brains of people whose hearts pumped more blood. Using MRIs, researchers found that a decrease in the amount of blood pumped from the heart in relation to a person’s body size (a decrease in the cardiac index) was associated with decreased brain volume. A decrease in brain volume is considered a sign of brain aging, as the brain atrophies, as a person gets older.