BP Swings Tied to Faster Decline in Mental Skills

grandpaFluctuations in blood pressure may be linked to faster decline in thinking skills among seniors.

A new study shows that, in the older patients, variability in systolic blood pressure was associated with rapid mental deterioration and loss of verbal memory. The variability in diastolic blood pressure was associated with the faster decline in mental ability of the people  between 55 and 64 years.

Both high blood pressure and low blood pressure are damaging to the brain. Additionally, the variability of blood pressure over the annual or monthly visits often led to a greater risk of stroke among other health problems.

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