UNHEALTHY HEART, UNHEALTHY BRAIN
Some health conditions and unhealthy habits can damage blood vessels, putting your heart and your brain at risk for serious problems.
- A heart attack happens when plaque buildup or a blood clot blocks blood flow to the heart.
- A stroke, sometimes called a “brain attack,” happens when a clot or a plaque blocks a blood vessel in the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. When this happens, brain tissue dies, which can lead to memory loss and disability.
A type of dementia called vascular dementia can happen as a result of a series of small, “silent” strokes, sometimes called “mini-strokes.” Dementia can cause memory loss, slowed thinking, and personality changes.
If you haven’t had a blood pressure screening as part of your annual wellness exam, call KCHC to make an appointment at (262) 656-0044.