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High blood pressure ‘raises dementia risk’

8th July 2008

Having high blood pressure can increase the risk of dementia by up to 600 per cent, new research warns today.

The study from the Alzheimer’s Society also found that high blood pressure doubles the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and increases risk of stroke, which damages the brain and can trigger dementia.

The charity argues that reducing high blood pressure in mid life could reduce the number of deaths from dementia by up to 15,000 people a year.

Professor Clive Ballard, director of research at the Alzheimer’s Society, said it is “vital” that people’s high blood pressure is treated.

“Only half of people over 65 receive effective treatment, yet we know treatment works,” he added.

“In the US a combination of public awareness campaigns and rigorous treatment has reduced cardio-vascular disease by up to 60 per cent. By working together, we can take the same steps towards reducing the risk of dementia in the UK.”

Neil Hunt, chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Society, commented: “People fear dementia more than any other condition in later life; it is a devastating disease that robs people of their lives.

“Everyone should get their blood pressure and cholesterol checked regularly and receive effective treatment if they are at risk.

“Having a low salt diet, maintaining a healthy weight and regulating your alcohol intake can also help tackle high blood pressure.”

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