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...
Medications Several classes of drugs are used to treat hypertension. Diuretics Diuretics help the kidneys get rid of excess salt and water. They are the mainstays of anti-hypertensive therapy and are often the first type of drug selected for most people with hypertension. They are also especially helpful for treating patients with heart failure, patients with isolated systolic hypertension, the elderly, and African-Americans. (African-Americans are more likely to be salt-sensitive, so they respond well to these drugs.) They also work well for patients with diabetes. Diuretics are often used in combination with other antihypertensive drugs. There is strong evidence that diuretics work just as well as newer drugs in lowering blood pressure and are more effective in preventing heart failure, heart attack, and stroke. Diuretic Types and Brands. The three main types of diuretics include: Thiazide diuretics. These include chlorothiazide (Diuril), chlorthalidone (Hygroton), indapamide (Lozol), hyd...
In one word, potassium. Nearly 95% of the high blood pressure in the world is known as primary, essential, or idiopathic hypertension . It is called this because no clear underlying cause can be identified. Instead, doctors simply treat the high blood pressure, never actually curing it. The underlying mechanism of such high blood pressure involves sodium chloride, otherwise known as salt . Groups of people who eat less than 3 grams of sodium chloride per day rarely have high blood pressure. Although most people who have high blood pressure consume 3 to 6 grams of salt per day, the opposite is not necessarily true. In other words, most people who do consume a large amount of sodium do not have high blood pressure . It thus seems that high sodium intake is necessary but not enough to raise one’s pressure. The missing element is potassium. If one has both a high sodium and a low potassium diet, high blood pressure is likely to result. A Western diet, such as in the United Stat...
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