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Higher systolic BP at middle age may raise likelihood of dementia

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.

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