The American Heart Association says research to date has found no cardiovascular benefits from the use of marijuana. It also cites harms from smoking or vaping it.
Three areas of cognitive skills showed the most decline: episodic memory, working memory and perceptual speed.
“Our study shows it is possible to reverse the consequences of aging on our blood vessels with real-world exercise in just six months,” said cardiologist Dr. Charlotte Manisty, the study’s senior author.
The findings of two recent studies support the American Heart Association’s position that dog ownership may be helpful in reducing cardiovascular risk.
Recent studies “have advanced our understanding and offer new insights” into the importance of physical fitness and the kinds of physical activity that are most likely to promote a healthy heart, a trio of cardiologists write.
The study’s participants come from four U.S. communities, including Minneapolis.
The only possible exceptions were a low-salt diet and two supplements — folate and omega-3 fatty acids. But even in those cases, the evidence supporting their benefits was weak.
Older adults who successfully followed seven heart-healthy actions recommended by the American Heart Association were significantly less likely to develop dementia in their later years.