Haqqani: How high blood pressure contributes to mental decline

Published 7:00 am, Sunday, March 11, 2018

About 103 million Americans have high blood pressure (hypertension). That figure, based on the American Heart Association’s recent guidelines, represents an increase of nearly 11 percent from 2005 to 2015. The fact that people are living longer than ever before contributes to this statistic.

Aside from the health risks commonly associated with high blood pressure, including strokes and heart attacks, research has proven that there is a definite correlation between high blood pressure and dementia. Thirty to 40 million people in the U.S. suffer from dementia – another statistic that will rise as the population ages. High blood pressure among middle-aged and older people makes a significant contribution to mental decline. Blood vessels in the brain that are damaged by hypertension often lead to cognitive issues.

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