High blood pressure is an insidious and potentially fatal condition. Persistent high blood pressure can increase the risk of heart disease and strokes. More than one in four people live with it in the UK, yet many people will not realise it as the symptoms can be hard to spot. In 1968, he was diagnosed with high blood pressure and he was diagnosed with high blood pressure in 1966.
According to research published in the journal Neurology, high blood pressure is linked to memory problems in people over 45.  The study found that people with high diastolic blood pressure were more likely to have cognitive impairment or problems with their memory and thinking skills than people with normal diastolic readings
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The results were valid after adjusting for other factors that could affect cognitive abilities such as age, smoking status, exercise level, education, diabetes or high cholesterol
The study involved nearly 20,000 people aged 45 and over across the country who participated in the Reasons for Geographic And Racial D (1969002) A total of 1,505 of the participants, 7.6 percent, had cognitive problems, and 9.844, or 49.6 percent, were taking medication for high blood pressure
High blood pressure is defined as a reading equal to or higher than 140/90 or taking medication for high blood pressure
"It is possible that by preventing or treating high blood pressure, we could potentially prevent cognitive impairment , which can be a precursor to dementia, "said study author Georgios Tsivgoulis, MD, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a member of the American Academy of Neurology
How does high blood pressure cause cognitive impairment? Research has shown that high diastolic blood pressure leads to the weakening of small arteries in the brain, which may result in the development of small areas of brain damage.
Tsivgoulis said more research is needed to confirm the relationship between high blood pressure and cognitive
"The REGARDS study is one of the largest population-based studies of risk factors for stroke." These latest data suggest that higher blood pressure may be a risk factor for cognitive decline, but further studies will be necessary to understand cause-effect relationship, "said Walter J. Koroshetz, MD, deputy director of NINDS and Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology
" The National Institutes of Health is now organizing a large clinical trial to evaluate whether aggressive blood pressure lowering may reduce the number of important health outcomes including cognitive decline, "he added.
The study's findings underline the importance of the NHS 'advi (19659003) "Getting this done is easy and could save your life," said the NHS
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According to the health body, the following lifestyle changes can help prevent and lower high blood pressure:
- Reduce the amount of salt you eat and have a generally healthy diet
- Cut down on the coffee
- Stop the smoking
- Lose weight if you're overweight