High blood pressure injures blood vessels so it’s no surprise that HBP is linked to a score of potential complications, complications to any organ system that depends on blood flow, which is all of them.
But perhaps the most insidious complication of long-term HBP is to the brain, where it can cause a myriad of unwanted effects, most notably strokes and cognitive decline ending in dementia.
And it really doesn’t matter when you develop HBP: At any age, it raises your risks of all those complications to the brain.
Which is exactly what a study (over 7,000 adults in Brazil followed for over 4 years) published to day in Hypertension, an American Heart Association journal, concluded.
As the authors state, “Our results show accelerated cognitive performance decline whether hypertension started in middle age or at older age.”
That’s the bad news.
The good news is obvious: “Effectively treating high blood pressure at any age in adulthood could reduce or prevent this (accelerated decline)”.
Get your BP taken – regularly.
Treat it if it’s high.
Your brain will thank you for it.