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BLOOD PRESSURE AND DEMENTIA

ANCHOR LEAD:  A NEW NATIONAL STUDY HAS BEGUN TO LOOK AT BLOOD PRESSURE AND DEMENTIA, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

What’s the link between high blood pressure and the development of dementia?  That’s the question a new study being undertaken by the National Institutes of Health hopes to answer.  Redonda Miller, an internal medicine expert at Johns Hopkins, isn’t surprised by the question.

MILLER:  Control of blood pressure seems to be so important.  We’ve known that for years and I have to say every year more research comes out further emphasizing that fact.  Control of blood pressure we know helps decrease the incidence of heart attack, helps decrease the incidence of stroke.  A recent report showed that the lower the blood pressure the less likely you were to develop atrial fibrillation, it just goes on and on and on.                 :28

Miller says the potential relationship between uncontrolled high blood pressure and dementia has been hinted at in previous research, and says that good control may require a multipronged approach.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.

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