Weak heart function may increase Alzheimer's risk

March 4, 2015 4:13 PM

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Weak heart function may increase Alzheimer's risk

A weaker heart could mean trouble for your brain function in old age, according to a new study at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. The research, published in the journal Circulation, found that people with decreased heart function were two to three times more likely to develop memory loss.

Researchers analyzed data from the Framingham Heart Study, an ongoing study that attempts to identify the main risk factors for heart disease. They looked at the cardiac index, a means of measuring heart function to see how much blood is pumped through the body, and compared it to the development of...

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