Cardiovascular risk factors linked to faster cognitive decline in midlife

Takeaway

  • In middle-aged adults, the presence of cardiovascular risk factors, such as hypertension, diabetes, and smoking, increases the risk of accelerated cognitive decline over 5 years.

Why this matters

    Public health prevention efforts tend to focus on later-life cognitive decline; these findings suggest that middle aged adults with cardiovascular risk factors represent a significant subgroup who would benefit from early intervention and education.