The Center for Disease control shared asks, “Did you know that the health of your brain and your heart are connected?” By keeping your heart healthy, you also lower your risk for brain problems such as stroke and dementia. Learn more about the connection between the heart and brain and steps to take to keep both healthy.
Your heart pumps blood through vessels to every part of your body, including your brain. Damage to blood vessels can lead to serious health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and dementia. Keeping your blood vessels healthy can help you have a strong heart and brain.
Unhealthy Heart, Unhealthy Brain
Some health conditions and unhealthy habits can damage blood vessels, putting your heart and your brain at risk for serious problems.
- A heart attack happens when plaque buildup or a blood clot blocks blood flow to the heart.
- A stroke, sometimes called a “brain attack,” happens when a clot or a plaque blocks a blood vessel in the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. When this happens, brain tissue dies, which can lead to memory loss and disability.
- A type of dementia called vascular dementia can happen as a result of a series of small, “silent” strokes, sometimes called “mini-strokes.”1Dementia can cause memory loss, slowed thinking, and personality changes.