Treating high blood pressure reduces risk of memory problems

25 July 2018

Research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2018 today (Wednesday 25 July) has found treating high blood pressure towards the ideal range may help reduce the risk of memory and thinking problems.

Carol Routledge, Director of Research at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“We know that high blood pressure is a risk factor for dementia, and that taking steps to control it can have a range of health benefits. This study suggests that treating high blood pressure intensively, so that it doesn’t just go below the point at which doctors diagnose hypertension but continues towards the ideal, healthy range, may help to reduce the risk of memory and thinking problems.

“The NHS advises that blood pressure should not be above 120/80mmHg and that people over 40 should have their blood pressure checked regularly. Anyone with any concerns about their blood pressure to speak to their GP.

“There is robust evidence that what’s good for the heart is also good for the brain and maintaining good vascular health is one of the key things people can do to reduce their risk of dementia. As well as maintaining a healthy blood pressure, the best current evidence suggests that not smoking, only drinking in moderation, staying mentally and physically active, eating a balanced diet, and keeping cholesterol levels in check can all help to keep our brains healthy as we age.”