Early, Subtle, Cardiac Changes Tied to Midlife Cognitive Decline!!
Subclinical changes in cardiac structure and diastolic function in early adulthood may serve as risk markers for cognitive decline in midlife, new research suggests. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes have been associated with an increased risk for cognitive impairment, but much less is known about heart structure and function and the risks for cognition.
@debanjali Echocardiography is a widely available, relatively inexpensive, and non-invasive imaging method that could be integrated into a risk assessment for cognitive impairment. Looking ahead, the investigators note there is a need for further research to determine whether interventions to improve cardiac structure and diastolic function could also benefit brain health.