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Memory problems

I know that memory loss or ‘brain-drain’ as my children call it :) increases as we get older.

A new study has shown the significant impact that high blood pressure can have on memory, especially in those aged over 45 years.

It adds another good reason to be monitoring and charting your blood pressure regularly.

The memory and hypertension study

The study analyzed data of 19,836 people aged over 45 years in a long-term study called Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS). Of the group 1,505 or 7.6% had cognitive problems and 9,844 or 49.6% were taking medication for high blood pressure.

What the researchers found …

After adjusting for a variety of factors such as age and smoking, higher diastolic blood pressure was directly linked with an increased risk of cognitive problems.

Diastolic blood pressure is the lower number which gives the pressure against the artery walls when your heart rests. People with high diastolic blood pressure were more likely to have thinking or “cognitive” impairment, or problems with their memory, than people with normal diastolic blood pressure readings.

In fact, for every 10 point increase in the diastolic reading, the likelihood of a person having memory problems was 7% higher.

The researchers wrote in conclusion, “Higher diastolic blood pressure was cross sectionally and independently associated with impaired cognitive status.”

The study by researchers at the University of Alabama, Birmingham was published in the Journal Neurology.

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