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Is There a Link of Hypertension and Alzheimer’s?

Hypertension and Alzheimer'sDid you know that if you have high blood pressure, lowering it can reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s?

Scientists are currently studying the link between hypertension and Alzheimer’s Disease. Studies have shown that people who take medication to control their hypertension or have lower blood pressure in general have less of a risk of developing Alzheimer’s than those who have high blood pressure but don’t take medicine to lower it.

This article written by the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease explains how scientists believe that those who are taking high blood pressure medication are allowing more blood flow to the brain so there is less chance for the connections in the brain to be lost. That’s because when a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the strands that attach to other portions of your brain are broken. This results in loss of memory and other malfunctions within the brain. If you have the proper amount of blood flow to your brain, those strands and connections are more likely to remain strong. That in turn will reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

According to this article written by the John Hopkins Medical Center, those who have been diagnosed with hypertension are more likely to have smaller blood vessels in their brain resulting in connections being lost or broken. It then goes on to explain that by having lower blood pressure throughout your life, you may be at decreased risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

These two articles reinforce the notion that lower blood pressure may reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s. Of course, these studies and the underlying theories are still being researched, but we’re hopeful that they may result in a breakthrough, at least for some people.

Being aware of your blood pressure, even if you are not diagnosed with hypertension, is an important health factor. One way to monitor your blood pressure at home is to invest in a blood pressure monitor. By using one you are able to monitor your blood pressure from the convenience of your home. You can purchase these at a medical supply store, a pharmacy, or even Amazon.com! A healthy diet and regular exercise can be helpful in maintaining your desired blood pressure levels as well.

Advanced RehabTrust Home Health is in full support of Alzheimer’s research. We are always happy to answer any questions that you may have about Alzheimer’s or current studies that are being conducted. Please feel free to call our office at 940-384-0393 if you would like to talk with someone about how home health can work with your doctor to help you find and maintain a healthy blood pressure.

And if you would like to contribute to the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, please check out our team page at http://rehabtrust.com/alz.

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