High Blood Pressure at Age 50 Tied to Dementia Risk

Even levels in which do not usually require medication can increase the risk.

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Elevated blood pressure at age 50 will be linked to an increased risk for dementia in later years, a completely new study reports.

The research, published inside the European Heart Journal, found in which systolic blood pressure (the top number) as low as 130 increased the risk, even though 140 will be the usual level at which treatment with blood pressure medication will be recommended.

The scientists measured blood pressure in 8,639 men along with women in 1985, when they were age 35 to 55, along with then again in 1991, 1997 along with 2003 over the course of a long-term health study.

Through March, 2017, there were 385 cases of dementia. After controlling for many risk factors, including stroke, heart failure along with additional cardiovascular diseases, they found in which a systolic blood pressure at age 50 of 130 or greater was independently associated having a 38 percent increased risk of dementia.

“The 140 threshold has been considered beneficial for the heart for a long time, however in which might not work for the brain,” said the senior author, Archana Singh-Manoux, a research professor at Inserm, the French health research institute. “The problem with hypertension will be in which people don’t take their meds because they have no symptoms. I could encourage people to use their hypertensive medications.”