Monday, August 29, 2011

Clogged Arteries Interfere with BOTH Heart and Brain Function

You already know clogged arteries contribute to heart disease. But did you know they can also interfere with blood flow to the brain and cause dementia?

Dementia affects nearly 1/3 of those over the age of 80. It includes problems with thinking, reasoning and memory.

Dr. Philip B. Gorelick, director of the center for Stroke Research at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, suggested "that people may be able to reduce the risk of dementia by taking the same steps they would take to lower the risk of heart disease and stroke, including eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight and engaging in physical activity."

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