The new study found high blood pressure (hypertension) and high cholesterol can lead to not just heart disease but also dementia and other cognitive disorders.
The research results will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology in April 2011 that involved 3486 men and 1314 women, average age 55 years.
"We found the risk of cardiovascular disease in middle age is closely related to reduced cognitive function," said Sara Kaffashian, researchers from Paris.
In his research he gave cognitive tests to all respondents during the 10-year study period. The test was conducted on the ability of memory, spelling and vocabulary skills of language. Then each individual was assessed by risk scores Framinghman.
Score Framinghman is research being carried out to predict cardiovascular risk of someone in 10 years based on age, sex, cholesterol, total cholesterol, blood pressure and smoking habit or diabetes.
Scores of low cognitive ability turns will increase the risk of heart disease 10 times higher and the decline in cognitive function in men and women.
"The results of this study is important in terms of prevention for middle aged people can still improve their cardiovascular health to prevent disease dementia in old age," said Kaffashian.
Prevention efforts conducted by behavior modification, ie stop smoking, exercise regularly and maintain your diet.