The role of exercise-induced cardiovascular adaptation in brain health

Takashi Tarumi, Rong Zhang

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Regular aerobic exercise improves brain health; however, a potential dose-response relationship and the underling physiological mechanisms remain unclear. Existing data support the following hypotheses: 1) exercise-induced cardiovascular adaptation plays an important role in improving brain perfusion, structure, and function, and 2) a hormetic relation seems to exist between the intensity of exercise and brain health, which needs to be further elucidated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-189
Number of pages9
JournalExercise and Sport Sciences Reviews
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 20 2015


  • Aerobic exercise training
  • Age
  • Cardiovascular function
  • Cerebral blood flow
  • Cognitive function
  • Master athletes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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