Having high blood pressure at an age of 50 has a link to increased chances of dementia in years later, as per a new study.
The study, published in the journal European Heart, shows that having a systolic blood pressure of 130mmHg increases the risk of dementia at the age of 50 even though the normal level where a treatment is suggested for blood pressure is 140mmHg.
For the study, the scientists determined the blood pressure of around 8000 men and women in the year 1985 when they were aged between 35 to 55 years and then again in the years 1991, 1997 and 2003.
By March 2017, there were around 385 dementia cases recorded. After getting certain risk factors such as heart failure, stroke and some other cardiovascular disease in control, the researchers discovered that a systolic blood pressure of 130mmHg at the age of 50 is linked with a 45% increased risk of dementia.
High blood pressure increases the chances of having mini heart strokes or damage to the white matter of the brain, said the researchers. This damage can further cause a decline in how the brain processes and functions.
Moreover, high blood pressure, which is also known as hypertension, can also increase your chances of certain deadly conditions like heart strokes or disease.
As per the NH, high blood pressure affects around 25% people in the United Kingdom. The symptoms of having extremely high blood pressure include blood in the urine, problems in the vision and having a heavy sort of feeling in the chest region.
Hence, the NHS advices people over the age of 40 years to get their blood pressure measured in every five years. Also, people who already have high blood pressure issue must not avoid and take their medications on time even if they do not see the symptoms.