Defining Optimal Brain Health in Adults

Published: September 07, 2017

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  • Healthy cognitive functioning is an important part of aging and predicts quality of life, functional independence, and risk of institutionalization.
  • Our advanced understanding of the role of cardiovascular (CV) risks has shown them to be closely associated with cognitive impairment and dementia.
  • This AHA Presidential Advisory explores those factors that contribute to maintaining healthy brain function and recommends the AHA Life’s Simple 7 as a tool to maximize personal efforts to maintain brain health.