Individuals with systolic blood pressure of 130 mm Hg or higher at age 50 were 45% more likely to develop dementia, compared with those with lower systolic BP, French researchers reported in European Heart Journal. The findings also showed a 47% higher likelihood of dementia among individuals who weren't diagnosed with cardiovascular disease but had higher-than-normal systolic BP at age 50, but neither elevated systolic BP at ages 60 or 70 nor diastolic BP were tied to increased dementia risk.
Higher systolic BP at middle age may raise likelihood of dementia
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