A study published in the journal Archives of Neurology has drawn a link between fluctuating and high blood pressure and a higher risk of cerebrovascular disease, which includes stroke and cognitive decline in adults. Elevated blood pressure has also been associated with the development of Alzheimer’s later in life.
The University of Columbia’s Taub Institute studied nearly 700 adults who showed no signs of dementia at the onset of the study. Subjects had their blood pressure taken over a three-year period. By the end of the study, researchers found that both elevated and fluctuating levels showed an increased risk of cerebrovascular diseases.
“Although the control of elevated blood pressure or the treatment of hypertension is an obvious and well-replicated conclusion,” the authors concluded, “these findings suggest that management of blood pressure fluctuations…may be beneficial in reducing the risk of cerebrovascular disease.
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