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04 March 2015 - DG News - Poor Heart Function Could Be Major Risk for Alzheimer's Disease

A healthier heart could prevent Alzheimer's disease, according to a study

The study associates heart function with the development of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Participants with decreased heart function, measured by cardiac index, were 2 to 3 times more likely to develop significant memory loss over the follow-up period.

“Heart function could prove to be a major risk factor for dementia and Alzheimer's disease,” said Angela Jefferson, PhD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee. “A very encouraging aspect of our findings is that heart health is a modifiable risk. You may not be able to change your genetics or family history, but you can engage in a heart healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise at any point in your lifetime.”