Blood vessel health in midlife predicts memory function 20 years later

Having healthy blood vessels is a critical foundation for lifelong health. Blocked arteries in the heart (coronary arteries) can lead to angina and heart attacks, while blocked arteries in the brain can lead to strokes. A new study that followed more than 1800 people showed that having smaller and larger infarctions (cell death resulting from blocked blood vessels) in the brain, in middle age, is associated with cognitive decline over the next 20 years (1). In this study, researchers used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain to evaluate the brains of people in midlife and see how blood vessel disease in the brain affected their cognitive function later in life. Smaller brain infar


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