Evidence linking high blood pressure to a decline in memory is stacking up. Here are just three studies that have found a connection.
In a 1999 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association researchers examined the relationship of blood pressure and change in cognitive function in the 3657 participants between 65 and 102 years-old. Results indicated an elevated systolic blood pressure (>160 mm Hg) associated with more errors on the mental status questionnaire versus participants with baseline systolic blood pressures between 130-139 mm Hg.
In a 2000 study published in Hypertension researchers looked at the impact of high blood pressure on mental status in 107 participants with untreated hypertension and 116 participants with normal blood pressure. Average participant age was 76 years-old. Results showed individuals with high blood pressure performed slower on all mental tests.
In a 1995 study published in the Journal of the Americ...
If you've been told you have high blood pressure you should be thankful for a timely diagnosis. For many people their high blood pressure goes undiagnosed years, and this can be a very dangerous situation.
Essential or primary hypertension It's thought that more than 9 in 10 people with high blood pressure have 'primary hypertension,' which means that there's no single clear cause of it.
However, it is known that certain factors in your lifestyle can contribute to developing the conditions, including:
Your family history
Being of Afro-Caribbean or South Asian origin
Being overweight or obese
Having an unhealthy diet
Drinking alcohol - especially if you binge drink
Lack of exercise
Secondary hypertension Around 1 in 20 people with high blood pressure have 'secondary hypertension'. This means it's linked to another cause, for example:
Kidney conditions such as kidney infection or kidney disease
Narrowing of the arteries
Every time I see the doctor, my visit always starts with a step onto the scales followed by a check of my blood pressure. I've never paid too much attention to the these mundane tasks. In fact, I'm usually more interested in my weight than my blood pressure. I guess it's because my weight sometimes fluctuates while my blood pressure is never a concern. It's always where it needs to be. However, when I had the flu last month, I visited my doctor to make sure I didn't have pneumonia . Luckily, I didn't have pneumonia but my blood pressure registered low for the first time in my life. It wasn't a concern, though, since I had been so sick. I'm just happy it wasn't high because high blood pressure can cause real problems, especially if it's not treated. It seems people with high blood pressure aren't taking it as seriously as they should. According to a report in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, many states, e...
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