High Blood Pressure Increases Dementia Risk
High blood pressure in middle-aged adults raises the risk for dementia and cognitive decline, according to the American Heart Association. This link has been supported by a number of recent studies. Research shows the strongest association between hypertension and a condition called vascular dementia—the second most common type of cognitive impairment in older adults.
Lifestyle changes and medications to lower blood pressure can reduce the risk for heart complications like stroke and heart attack from hypertension, but at this time, it’s not clear whether high blood pressure treatment reduces the risk for cognitive complications.
According to this latest research, published in the journal Hypertension, people diagnosed with high blood pressure and/or dementia should follow their health care providers’ recommendations for treatment. More research is needed to determine if hypertension that develops later in life also increases dementia risk.
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