Cognitive Decline a Significant Risk for Those with Deficient Cardiovascular Health

Posted on February 14, 2016 by Disability Help Group

A study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found an increased risk of cognitive decline for those with deficient cardiovascular health. The most common types of impairment affect memory, learning and verbal fluency.

The study included 17,761 participants, ages 45 and up. They demonstrated normal cognitive function and no history of stroke at the start of the study. Four years later, researchers evaluated mental function.

After taking into account age, race, gender and education, researchers were able to identify cognitive decline based on health scores. They found it highest (4.6 percent) in those with the poorest cardiovascular health scores. It decreased to 2.7 percent for those with intermediate scores and 2.6 percent for those with the best scores.

This could indicate a link between cardiovascular and brain health. But it also suggests that reaching just intermediate cardiovascular health can make a difference. This is important because it might be more realistic for some patients to get to this point rather than reaching the highest level of cardiovascular health. 

The study did find that those with better heart health scores tended to be male and had higher income and education. But the connection between cognitive impairment and cardiovascular health was present regardless of pre-existing heart conditions, gender, race, or geographic region.

Suffering from a serious heart condition and/or cognitive impairment may prevent the person from working. This could make the individual eligible to collect Social Security disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) office will determine eligibility. One of the requirements is the disabling condition must have lasted or have the expectancy to last at least 12 months.

If there is confusion about your rights to these benefits or it appears the SSA denied a claim unfairly, seek legal advice. a representative from Disability Help Group may be able to help. Contact us today at 1-(800)-800-3332 or via our online contact form.