Friday, December 19, 2008

For elderly, blood pressure spikes mar thinking

If you or a loved one have high blood pressutr and are at all concerbed avout developing dementia, then you must read this
By Will Dunham

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For elderly people with elevated blood pressure, further spikes in blood pressure levels can affect their ability to think clearly, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

The findings offer another reason for people with high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, to get the condition under control -- for the sake of their cognitive functioning as well as many other health reasons, they said.

Researchers led by North Carolina State University psychology professor Jason Allaire tracked 36 people, average age 73, in the Detroit area, having each of them take blood pressure reading and take a series of cognitive tests twice daily for 60 days. The tests assessed things like thinking abilities, pattern recognition and problem solving.

For people whose systolic blood pressure was typically 130 or above, their cognitive scores suffered the whole article

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