Treating hypertension may help preserve cognitive function

Canadian researchers have shown that effective control of hypertension in patients with isolated executive dysfunction leads to a reduction in the frequency of progression of this state to dementia by one third.

Shahram Oveisgharan and Vladimir Hachinski (University of Western Ontario, Canada) and colleagues analyzed the results of a survey 990 study participants CSHA; whose average age was 83 years and the period of observation, which was 5 years old.

Among the 532 participants, with 24.6% was stored memory and the normal executive functions, while the other was a cognitive defect.

With effective control of blood pressure, the risk of progression to dementia, cognitive defect was reduced by one third.

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