The American Heart Association (AHA) just made an announcement saying that there is a strong connection between brain diseases like dementia and high blood pressure. AHA published the statement on Monday in the journal Hypertension. This announcement was made after an analysis on how high blood pressure can influence brain diseases like dementia and Alzheimer. The group did not found a cause-and-effect connection between the two problems but it showed that they can influence each other.
The association mentioned that many previous studies showed a connection between hypertension and dementia. The studies also showed that if one of the diseases is treated can reduce the risk of having the other one. So if people treated their hypertension, the risk of having dementia can by smaller.
Hypertension can cause blockage in the blood flow to the brain which can lead to bigger problems like dementia. Also, more and more patients who developed dementia had Alzheimer’s and vascular cognitive impairment.
The association said that more studies need to be made on this topic in order to show the exact relation of these two problems. Until now some researchers have tried and failed to demonstrate this because of the time that elapses between when a person has hypertension and when it develops cognitive issues. This period of time can be a long or a really short one and for every person it is different.
The only way that a study on this topic could be made is if every person is watched and the researchers give him the medication at the exact time in order to prove that treating hypertension can lower the risk of dementia.
If these studies are going to conclude what AHA announced then patients with hypertension could prevent other diseases and doctors would give specific medication for each and one of them.
Dementia is a mental disease that affects up to 40 million people. The number is going to triple 30 years from now because of the aging population. This is why these studies are crucial and if they could shed some light on this topic it would be a great achievement for both patients and doctors.
Do you think that there is any relation between dementia and hypertension?
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