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Study: High Blood Pressure Linked To Dementia

September 9, 2019


HE DIED IN MONROE FROM A HEART ATTACK AFTER A 24-HOUR TOUR OF DUTY AND 7 EMERGENCIES. FUNERAL IS FRIDAY. A STUDY IN THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION FINDS A LINK BETWEEN HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND DEMENTIA. ABOUT ONE IN THREE AMERICAN ADULTS HAS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. STAYING SHARP AND WARDING OFF DEMENTIA MIGHT BE HELPED BY KEEPING HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AT BAY. A STUDY SUGGESTS STRICT CONTROL OF HYPERTENSION MAY PREVENT DEMENTIA. IT AFFECTS ABOUT 10% OF AMERICANS OVER 65. WE DON’T HAVE A LOT OF GREAT TREATMENTS OR PREVENTATIVE MEASURES FOR DEMENTIA AND HYPERTENSION AND HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE CAN BE ASSOCIATED WITH FUTURE RISK OF DEMENTIA THAT CAN BE MODIFIED. Reporter: IN THE STUDY RESEARCHERS USED MRIs TO SCAN THE BRAINS OF HUNDREDS OF PATIENTS WITH HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. THEY FOUND THAT PEOPLE WHO GOT INTENSIVE CONTROL OF THEIR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE SHOWED A SLOWING OF ACCUMULATION OF CERTAIN LESIONS IN THE BRAIN’S WHITE MATTER COMPARED TO PEOPLE WHO GOT STANDARD BLOOD PRESSURE TREATMENT. WE ACTUALLY TELL PEOPLE IN YOUR 20s, YOU SHOULD START GETTING SCREENED. YOU SHOULD KNOW WHAT YOUR NUMBERS ARE, HAVE THAT VERY CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR DOCTOR WHERE IF YOU DO HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, GETTING CHECKED OFTEN, IF YOU ARE PRESCRIBED MEDICATIONS, PLEASE TAKE THEM EVERY DAY AS PRESCRIBED. AND THEN THERE ARE A LOT OF LIFESTYLE THINGS YOU CAN DO. SO WE TALK ABOUT REDUCING SALT IN YOUR DIET, INCREASING POTASSIUM, EXERCISING, CONTROLLING YOUR WEIGHT. Reporter: THE STUDY ALSO FOUND THAT PATIENTS WHO RECEIVED INTENSIVE BLOOD PRESSURE CONTROL HAD SLIGHTLY MORE LOSS OF THE BRAIN’S VOLUME COMPARED TO PEOPLE WHO

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