Health & Well-Being

The High Blood Pressure Dementia Link

New Alzheimer’s Study Shows Connection Between the Two

By The Alzheimer’s Association as reported by Heidi Frankel~
2016 CareAndSupportShoot 1500This year at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) the findings of a new study provide important and relevant information on the correlation of MCI and dementia and high blood pressure.

The following points address the results of the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT) study and the benefits of management of cardiovascular risk factors.

What is SPRINT?

SPRINT is a randomized clinical trial that compared two strategies for managing high blood pressure (hypertension) in older adults.

Blood Pressure Correlates with Dementia

The study shows intensive blood pressure control reduces risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and the combined risk of MCI and dementia.

Reducing Blood Pressure Is Linked to Lower Risk of Dementia

Significant reductions in the risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and the combination of MCI and dementia have been shown for the first time through aggressive lowering of systolic blood pressure and is the first randomized clinical trial to demonstrate a reduction in new cases of MCI alone and the combined risk of MCI plus all-cause dementia.

Strong Evidence Links Blood Pressure Control to Reducing Risk of MCI/Dementia

The results of this large-scale, long-term clinical trial provide the strongest evidence to date linking reducing risk of MCI and dementia through the treatment of high blood pressure, which is one of the leading causes of cardiovascular disease worldwide.

To reduce new cases of MCI and dementia globally, we must do everything we can — as professionals and individuals — to reduce blood pressure to the levels indicated in this study which we know is beneficial to cardiovascular risk.

Other studies of population data have suggested reductions in new cases of dementia in developed Western cultures. These lower rates of dementia may be occurring as these societies have begun to improve control of cardiovascular health risk factors through medication management, reduced smoking and greater awareness of healthy lifestyle.

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Heidi Frankel

Heidi Frankel began her career in sales and marketing in Los Angeles. Upon moving to Dallas, she has worked in both television and radio as a creator, producer, writer, reporter, and co-host. Throughout the course of her career, she has interviewed such celebrities as former Dallas Cowboy Troy Aikman, pop-culture icon Stan Lee, astronauts Jim Lovell and Fred Hayes, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and former President George W. Bush when he was Texas Governor. Heidi lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband. They have one son. She enjoys gardening, exercise, spending time with her sweet cats, Virgil and Aeschylus.

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