Treating blood pressure reduces risk of Dementia

New Delhi, Thu, 10 Jul 2008 Shivani Gupta

Are you a high blood pressure middle aged patient? Wait... You need to get it treated now if you don't want to suffer from memory loss problems in old age.

A recent study conducted at the Imperial College, London, reveals that if the elderly over 80s are treated for high blood pressure, the risk of dementia is reduced in those people by as much as 13 percent.

While it has already been proved in previous researches that treating high blood pressure in very elderly people cuts down the chances of having heart attack, heart failure, stroke and kidney damages, this new research has provided a new dimension to it.

The study was conducted upon near 4000 people, which was the first to show the benefit of offering treatment for high blood pressure to people over 80, a group that is often ignored in medical studies.

So, if the blood pressure is controlled in the mid years, the chances of developing Dementia get reduced.

Interestingly, twin studies- one by the Alzheimer’s and Society, other by Imperial College, London, have both found that there is an accountable link between high blood pressure and memory problems.

Dementia in clinical terms is the progressive decline in cognitive function due to damage or disease in the brain beyond what might be expected from the normal ageing. Dementia is far more common in elderly people.

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