Women Who Develop Hypertension In Their 40s May Have Higher Risk Of Dementia Later In Life

HealthDay (10/4, Thompson) reports that research published online Oct. 4 in Neurology suggests “women who develop high blood pressure in their 40s could be much more vulnerable to dementia later in life.”

MedPage Today (10/4, Kneisel) reports that investigators “analyzed records for 5,646 members of the Kaiser Permanente system (3,095 women, 2,551 men) during 1964-1973 (average age 33 years) and 1978-1985 (average age 44 years).” The researchers found that “women who developed hypertension in their 40s were at significantly increased risk of dementia (HR 1.73, 95% CI 1.24–2.40) compared to normotensive women.” However, no association “was seen between midlife blood pressure and subsequent dementia risk in men.”

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— “High Blood Pressure in 40s a Dementia Risk for Women?,” Dennis Thompson, HealthDay, October 4, 2017.

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