Heart-centered and brain-centered systems propose different concepts of power. The cardiocentric body politic presents authority as something other than control proffered from above, to which the subject is required to submit. Instead, the ruler is presented as a necessary center that nourishes and organizes the society’s very existence.

There is unequivocal evidence that cardiovascular health is both directly and indirectly linked to cognitive health. “The same lifestyle and environmental factors modulating cognitive function also modulate vascular function… The recommendations of neurobiologists to prevent cognitive decay by lifestyle and environmental intervention closely mirror those of cardiologists to prevent vascular disease progression.”