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Articles May 2010 Issue

High Blood Pressure May Also Alter Your Brain Circuits

Two new studies point to a link between high blood pressure and increased risk of dementia. In one eight-year study of 1,403 women ages 65 and older, MRI scans revealed that those with hypertension had significantly more “white matter lesions”— indicating weakening of the insulation around nerve cells in the brain necessary for communication. The higher the blood pressure, the more serious the damage.

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