Neurology Central

Age-related cognitive changes may be reduced with intensive blood pressure control

Researchers from the NIH (MD, USA) have used MRI scans to image the brains of hundreds of participants in the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT). The study demonstrated that in order to slow the accumulation of white matter lesions, it is more effective to intensively control a person’s blood pressure compared to the standard care of high blood pressure.

The results have been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

“These initial results support a growing body of evidence suggesting that controlling blood pressure may not only reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease but also of age-related cognitive loss,” explained Walter J Koroshetz (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke [NINDS]; MD, USA). “I strongly urge people to know your blood pressure and discuss with your doctors how to optimize control. It may be a key to your future brain health.”

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