A study published in the journal “Hypertension” examines previous research linking Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia to fluctuating blood pressure. The team of researchers found that after 1.5 years, patients who appeared to have the highest blood pressure variability demonstrated a faster rate of cognitive decline than those whose blood pressure did not significantly vary. Following these findings, researchers further analyzed the data of a subset of 46 participants and found “significant associations” between blood pressure fluctuations and quicker progression of cognitive decline after 1 year.
Everybody already knows that it’s important to control blood pressure in midlife to reduce your risk of dementia later in life…This new research confirms to us that it’s still important to regulate blood pressure when you already have dementia. Contact us to learn more!