Orthostatic hypotension could contribute to risk of dementia

Written by Hannah Makin

Recent findings from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (MD, USA) have demonstrated that the rapid drops in blood pressure experienced when standing up from a sitting position (known as orthostatic hypotension) could lead to an increased risk of cognitive decline and dementia later in life. These findings were presented in full at the 2017 Scientific Session held by the American Heart Association, 10 March 2017, in Portland (OR, USA). This prospective study analyzed 11,503 participants from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study cohort who were first tested between the years 1987 and 1989. Of...

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