Higher Blood Pressure May Lead to Brain Shrinkage

Higher Blood Pressure May Lead to Brain Shrinkage : Having hypertension in midlife (ages 40 through 60) is associated with elevated risk of cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s dementia later in life even more so than having the so-called Alzheimer’s gene.

Higher Blood Pressure May Lead to Brain Shrinkage Notes:

Although silent infarcts, by definition, lack…overt stroke-like symptoms, they are associated with subtle deficits in physical and cognitive function that commonly go unnoticed.” And, they can “[double] the risk of…dementia.” That’s one of the ways high blood pressure is linked to dementia. NF

So much damage that “high [blood pressure] levels [can] lead to brain volume reduction,” literally a shrinkage of our brain—”specifically in [the] hippocampus, the memory center of the brain. This helps explain how high blood pressure can be involved in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. NF

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