High blood pressure raises risk of cognitive decline, dementia

The risk of cognitive impairment and dementia in later life is increased for individuals with high blood pressure, especially middle-aged adults. This is the conclusion of a scientific statement from the American Heart Association, published in the journal Hypertension.

Around 75 million adults - or 1 in 3 adults - in the United States have high blood pressure, or hypertension.

Some well-established complications of high blood pressure include stroke, heart attack, and heart failure. Increasingly, researchers have uncovered strong evidence of a link between hypertension and cognitive decline.


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