Heart health is key to thinking health. If the heart isn’t pumping effectively, the brain may not receive enough blood flow to function properly. Heart disease is associated with nonamnesic mild cognitive impairment and vascular dementia. To protect thinking skills, it’s best to also protect heart health. Ways to do this include controlling high blood pressure, reducing cholesterol, quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet, and getting 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week.
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