Hypertension In Middle Age Tied To Late-Life Drop In Mental Ability.

HealthDay (8/5, Reinberg) reports that a study published online Aug. 4 in JAMA Neurology that followed nearly “14,000 people found that high blood pressure in those aged 48 to 67 was tied to a late-life drop in mental ability.” Over two decades, people with midlife hypertension “experienced a modest but significant 6.5 percent decline in scores on tests of mental function, compared with people with normal blood pressure.”

MedPage Today (8/5, Phend) reports that an accompanying editorial noted that “guidelines do recommend blood pressure lowering for middle-age and younger seniors as useful for prevention of late-life dementia.”

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— “High Blood Pressure in Middle Age, Weaker Brain Later?,” Steven Reinberg, HealthDay, August 4, 2014.

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