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High blood pressure may cause memory problems, study says.

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 Chronic high blood pressure puts people at risk for heart attack or stroke. Now a study shows that it may also cause memory problems, even in middle-age people. The research, published in the current issue of Neurology, showed that people with high diastolic blood pressure Diastolic blood pressure
Blood pressure when the heart is resting between beats.

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 (thatAAEs the bottom number in a blood pressure reading) were more likely to have problems with memory and thinking skills compared with people who had normal diastolic Diastolic
The phase of blood circulation in which the heart's pumping chambers (ventricles) are being filled with blood. During this phase, the ventricles are at their most relaxed, and the pressure against the walls of the arteries is at its lowest.
 readings. For every 10-point increase in the reading, the odds of a person having cognitive problems were 7 percent higher. The study controlled for other factors that could affect cognition, such as age, smoking, exercise level, education or other illnesses. High blood pressure is defined as a reading equal to or higher than 140/90. The study involved almost 20,000 people, age 45 or older, from across the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  who participated in a stroke study but had never had a stroke or mini stroke mini stroke Transient ischemic attack, see there . Researchers suggest a higher diastolic reading signals that the smaller arteries in the brain are weakening, which can result in subtle brain damage. AoItAAEs possible that by preventing or treating high blood pressure, we could potentially prevent cognitive impairment, which can be a precursor to dementia,Ao the lead author of the study, Dr Georgios Tsivgoulis, of the University of Alabama The University of Alabama (also known as Alabama, UA or colloquially as 'Bama) is a public coeducational university located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA. Founded in 1831, UA is the flagship campus of the University of Alabama System. , said in a news release. The National Institutes of Health is organizing a large study to learn whether aggressive control of blood pressure can lower the risk of various conditions, including cognitive decline. LATWP News Servic

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Date:Aug 31, 2009
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