Controlling Blood Pressure Can Cut Dementia Risk in Older African-Americans


New research discovers controlling blood pressure with prescribed antihypertensive medications can prevent dementia in older African-Americans with hypertension.

Researchers from the Regenstrief Institute in Indiana explain that African-Americans are especially at risk of both hypertension and dementia. The good news is that a variety of pharmacological approaches used to control hypertensive were effective in reducing dementia.

Drug classes found to be effective in reducing the risk of dementia include beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blocks and diuretics.

The large study looked at the effects of antihypertensive treatment on the risk of dementia over a period of up to 24 years. Over 1,200 African Americans with high blood pressure, who were cognitively normal at the onset of the…

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