October 21, 2018
High Blood Pressure and Your Brain
Wellness Tip

High Blood Pressure and Your Brain

by Berkeley Wellness  

Another reason even young adults should maintain a healthy blood pressure: High blood pressure may cause subtle brain damage that’s associated with cognitive impairment.

In a recent analysis from the famous Framingham Heart Study, researchers did MRIs on the brains of 579 people, average age 39. After controlling for age and other factors, they found a linear relationship between increased systolic blood pressure and reduced gray matter as well as various signs of brain injury.

As a result of high blood pressure, such brain changes develop insidiously over the years and, in effect, make the brain age prematurely. Previous studies have shown that hypertension at older ages increases the risk of vascular dementia.