Brain may age faster in people whose hearts pump less blood

In the study, people whose hearts pumped less blood had brains that appeared older than the brains of those whose hearts pumped more blood. Decreased cardiac index, the amount of blood that pumps from the heart in relation to a person’s body size, was associated with decreased brain volume using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Researchers observed the link even in those participants who did not have cardiovascular disease, such as heart failure or coronary heart disease. As the brain ages, it begins to atrophy (shrink) and has less volume. The decrease in brain volume is considered a sign of brain aging. More severe brain atrophy occurs in those with dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

“The results are interesting in that they suggest cardiac index and brain health are related,” said Angela L. Jefferson, Ph.D., the study’s lead author and associate professor of neurology at the Boston University School of Medicine. “The association cannot be attributed to cardiovascular disease because the relationship also was seen when we removed those participants with known cardiovascular disease from our analysis.”

Perhaps fingers lunula can help find how good your heart is. This also reminds me when a doctor once asked me am i an athlete since my heart rate was less. I assume that is exactly related to the hearts pumping power.

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