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Research suggests high blood pressure increases risk of cognitive impairment, reports the Harvard Men's Health Watch

October 01, 2009

High blood pressure is hard on the heart and blood vessels. It's also bad for the brain, reports the October 2009 issue of Harvard Men’s Health Watch.

A growing body of research indicates that high blood pressure, more formally known as hypertension, takes a toll on the aging brain. Although the details vary from study to study, the weight of the evidence suggests that high blood pressure increases the risk of mild cognitive impairment, vascular dementia, and even Alzheimer’s. Treating high blood pressure can reduce the risk of these feared consequences of aging.

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