Heart health, as measured by cardiovascular risk factors (i.e., high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, being overweight, sitting most of the day, etc.), can impact the brain and the aging process in middle-aged people with MS. Individuals from diverse groups are especially encouraged to participate because research focusing on underrepresented diverse persons with MS is severely lacking
The primary goal of our study is to investigate how cardiovascular risk factors impact the brain and thinking skills in people with MS. We will explore how the relationships we find contribute to age-related brain changes and see how such findings might lead to health interventions for people with MS.
Eligible individuals will participate in an MRI scan, paper and pencil testing tests of thinking skills, questionnaires, and weight/waist/blood pressure measurements.
One session at Kessler Foundation in West Orange, NJ (4-4.5 hours).
- 40-59 years of age
- Diagnosis of MS
- One or more cardiovascular risk factors (i.e., high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, overweight, sit most of the day, etc.)
- Fluent in English
- Able to undergo an MRI
- Able to travel to the Kessler Foundation in West Orange, NJ.
$100 for completing the study and up to $40 reimbursement for travel costs.