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BP elevation later in life may up stroke, Alzheimer's risk

Older adults with higher-than-average systolic and diastolic blood pressure were 46% and 28% more likely to develop at least one brain infarct, respectively, compared with those with average systolic and diastolic BP, researchers reported in Neurology. The findings, based on data involving nearly 1,300 individuals ages 65 and older, also linked elevated systolic BP to an increased number of brain tissue tangles associated with Alzheimer's disease, but not amyloid plaque accumulation.

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