Stroke risk factors may lead to cognitive problems – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Researchers know that managing hypertension or high blood pressure, maintaining a healthy weight, and keeping physically active help heart health.
Koroshetz: The message here is that it actually promotes brain health.
Narrator: Dr. Walter Koroshetz is deputy director at the NIH institute researching the brain and nervous system. He explains that those same activities to manage hypertension also reduce the risk of strokes and cognitive decline.
Koroshetz: The way to manage hypertension is to take blood pressure medicines, to reduce your weight, and to get exercise.
Narrator: He emphasizes that prevention is key. For more information on reducing the risk of stroke and cognitive decline, visit www.ninds.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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