Although scientists still have not established the cause of most cases of Alzheimer's disease, these findings certainly point to the conclusion that what's good for your heart is good for your mind. And there is no doubt that keeping your blood pressure at manageable levels is key to your long-term cardiovascular health.
There have been anecdotal reports of statin drugs causing side effects such as memory loss and fuzzy thinking. But when Pfizer conducted an extensive clinical trial of its best-selling cholesterol drug Lipitor, it found no link between the drug and memory loss.
If your doctor has prescribed a cholesterol-lowering medication of any kind, I would recommend that you continue to take it. As always, be sure to monitor any side effects and to talk to your physician. So long as you're not experiencing problems, controlling your blood pressure will help your heart — and, most likely, your brain too.
Prescott, a physician and medical researcher, is president of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. Cohen is a marathoner and OMRF's senior vice president and general counsel.