Dementia risk tied to early-onset coronary disease

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dementia(NaturalHealth365)  In a recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, a crucial connection between a healthy heart and a healthy brain has been uncovered.  The study’s notable finding reveals that individuals diagnosed with heart disease at a young age are more likely to face dementia later in life, shedding light on the important relationship between cardiovascular well-being and cognitive health.

This underscores the significance of proactive heart care for immediate health, long-term brain function, and overall well-being.  Let’s explore the implications of this profound link and its potential impact on holistic health strategies.

Heart health’s unseen impact on long-term brain fitness

Many young individuals often feel invincible; for good reason – they are typically energetic and in peak physical shape.  This sense of invincibility takes on new significance in light of a study conducted in China but focused on individuals living in Great Britain.  Chinese researchers delved into data from the UK Biobank database, involving 450,000 older individuals and serving as a long-term project exploring the interplay between environment and genetics in disease development.

The study uncovered a noteworthy correlation: individuals with poor heart health before the age of 45 faced a 25% higher likelihood of developing dementia compared to those with better heart health.  Fanfan Zheng, the senior author of the study, highlighted the somewhat surprising discovery of a linear connection between the onset of heart disease and subsequent dementia.

Before Zheng’s research, physicians understood that a compromised heart could pose a threat to the brain, potentially causing issues like poor blood circulation and strokes.  This revelation amplifies the importance of addressing early coronary heart disease, emphasizing its critical role in safeguarding long-term brain health.

How does the timing of heart disease onset affect your dementia risks?

In the pursuit of uncovering potential links between heart disease and dementia, critical thinkers naturally gravitate toward understanding the timing of heart disease onset.  The Chinese research team approached this by examining the medical records of hundreds of thousands of individuals residing in Great Britain, with participants entering the study at an average age of 57.

For transparency, it’s crucial to note that 12% of study participants were already diagnosed with heart disease upon enrollment.  Over a 13-year tracking period, heart disease elevated the odds of vascular dementia by just under 80% and increased the chances of Alzheimer’s disease by exactly 13%.  Early-onset heart disease was also associated with a 22% rise in vascular dementia risk and a 29% increase in Alzheimer’s disease risk.

The overarching trend suggests that the younger one is when developing heart disease, the greater the risk for a dementia diagnosis several decades later.  However, a crucial caveat is in order – the data is derived from an observational analysis of past years, meaning a direct causal relationship isn’t definitively established.

Creative strategies to nurture your heart health

Heart health involves more than healthy eating.  Though some have a genetic predisposition for heart problems, it is possible to improve heart health with creative solutions.  Even if you are in your golden years or lack strength, simply lifting a two-pound dumbbell or even a hardcover book several times per day will help your heart.

Incorporate a 10-minute brisk walk on a daily basis.  Complement the walk with gardening for total body exercise, albeit at light intensity.

Recognize the impact of chronic stress on the heart.  The body produces biochemical responses in response to stress, including an elevated heart rate and an increase in blood pressure.  We can’t emphasize this enough, if you sense you’re dealing with any kind of emotional trauma, make the effort to resolve these issues as quickly as possible.  If you need help, seek the advice of an experienced healthcare provider or holistic health coach.

Even something as seemingly minor as laughing nurtures heart health.  Put on a standup comedy show or your favorite (funny) movie, immerse yourself, and your heart will thank you.

Of course, some other good ideas include: minimizing your exposure to “dirty” electricity and/or EMF pollution from cell phones and other mobile devices; supplementing your diet with nutrients like magnesium and CoQ10 plus connect yourself to nature (as often as possible) by putting  your feet on the sand at a beach or in the grass outdoors.

Have you found any creative ways to nurture heart health?  If so, share them below.

Editor’s note: Discover the best ways to avoid heart disease naturally, own the Cardiovascular Docu-Class created by NaturalHealth365 Programs.

Sources for this article include:

AHAjournals.org
Healthday.com


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