Study: Blood-Pressure Medications May Impact Dementia.

Bloomberg News (7/26, Gerlin) reports that patients taking ACE inhibitors to treat high blood pressure and heart failure “had lower rates of deterioration caused by certain types of dementia, according to researchers who reviewed Canadian hospital records.” The researchers, led by William Molloy of University College Cork in Ireland, “examined records of past treatment of 361 dementia patients at two memory clinics in Ontario, Canada,” finding that those who were taking ACE inhibitors showed a smaller drop in their score on a test measuring cognitive ability than those who weren’t on the drug. The study, published in the online journal BMJ Open, “indicate that ACE inhibitors hold promise as an inexpensive way to ease the burden of dementia, Molloy said.”

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— “Dementia Slowed in Patients on Blood-Pressure Drugs, “Andrea Gerlin, Bloomberg News, July 25, 2013.

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