Does My Heart Health Affect My Brain?

Dementia includes multiple symptoms affecting memory, thinking, and social abilities1 in 6 women and 1 in 10 men over 55 years of age will develop dementia in their lifetimeIt may come as a surprise that the heart has a direct effect on brain healthVascular issues cause 1 in 3 cases of dementia. 

The Heart Factor 

Normal brain functions need oxygenated blood flow from the heartSymptoms of heart disease including atherosclerosis, the buildup of fatty plaque in the arteries, and arteriosclerosis, the stiffening of the arteries due to age, affect proper blood flowA stroke is when large portions of brain tissue die because of obstructed blood flowLong-term brain health is directly affected as 1 in 3 survivors of overt strokes will develop dementia. 

Overt strokes are not the only cause of vascular dementiaTiny blockages in blood vessels deep in the brain cause silent strokes and cause microscopic damage in the brainThese are 10 to 20 times more common than large strokesHigh blood pressure, a factor of heart and cardiovascular disease, is the main cause of silent strokesEvery stroke can damage brain tissue and increases the risk of dementia. 

Heart Healthy 

Protect your brain by living a heart-healthy lifeThe same risk factors for heart disease and stroke contribute to dementiaThe doctors at Carolina Heart & Leg Center, P.A. are experts in cardiovascular healthThey will address your health concerns and keep your heart and mind healthy. 

It’s important to keep your heart healthy because it can affect your whole body, including your brain. The doctors at Carolina Heart & Leg Center, P.A. are here to pinpoint changes you can make to decrease your risk. To make an appointment, call 910-491-1760 or fill out our online appointment request form. 

*Stock photographs and artwork are for illustrative purposes only. **This blog/post contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice, and should not be treated as such. You must not rely on this blog/post as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other healthcare providers. Please see our full disclaimer at