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Hypertension in middle-aged and older adults tied to cognitive decline

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Hypertension
Reuters Health - 14/12/2020 - High blood pressure in both older and middle-aged adults is associated with cognitive decline, even when hypertension onset is fairly recent, a new study suggests. In an analysis of data from more than 7,000 Brazilian adults given two cognitive tests over an average of nearly four years, researchers found that hypertension, prehypertension, and age at diagnosis were all independently associated with cognitive decline. But the amount of time a person had hypertension did not significantly impact the progression of cognitive decline, according to the report published in Hypertension. Moreover, among individuals with diagnosed high blood pressure, those with uncontrolled hypertension showed a more accelerated decline in memory as well as global cognitive scores compared to those with controlled hypertension. "We initially anticipated that the negative effects of hypertension on cognitive function would be more critical when hyperten...


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