What is brain health?

When your brain is healthy, it has the blood flow required for peak performance. A healthy brain is essential for living a long and full life. When your brain is healthy, you're better able to pay attention, solve problems, communicate, and much more.

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Poor brain health is more serious than you think

  • Failing brain health is a public health epidemic.
  • The brain begins showing signs of cognitive decline as a person enters their 20s.
  • 3 out of 5 Americans will develop a brain disease in their lifetime.
  • By 2030, the total cost of Alzheimer's, dementia, and stroke is expected to exceed $1 Trillion.

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7 steps to keep your brain healthy from childhood to old age

Things you can do now

Brain health matters no matter your age. The choices you make today can help you have a healthier brain tomorrow.

7 small steps to big changes

A healthy brain has a lot to do with your lifestyle. Here are 7 small steps you can take that make a big difference.

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Regret bad selfies, not brain health

Everyone has regrets; don't let your brain health be one of them. Learn about preventing stroke from the American Stroke Association.

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What you do today impacts your chances of staying mentally sharp as you age.

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Managing risk factors early on can make a difference for long-term brain health.

Strokes and Brain Health 

The actions you take affect your brain health. It is never too late to improve it. 

Defining Optimal Brain Health in Adults: A Presidential Advisory From the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association


Presidential advisories and scientific statements are published by the American Heart Association to provide an overview of a topic for healthcare professionals, policy makers and the public. Advisories and statements are based on a review of many peer reviewed, published scientific studies and represent a consensus opinion. All of the studies that are reviewed are cited in the advisory or statement.