Friday, January 13, 2006

Blood Pressure - Dementia Link

Midlife blood pressure was measured in Japanese American men between 1971 and 1974 and signs of dementia were assessed in later in life.

"The risk [for dementia] increased as blood pressure increased. Someone with a systolic blood pressure of over 140 mm Hg, has a higher risk for dementia than someone with systolic blood pressure between 120 and 139 mm Hg, who has a higher risk than someone with systolic blood pressure less than 120 mm Hg."

The findings suggest that "processes leading to dementia begin many years before someone is diagnosed with dementia."

Buy an automated blood pressure device and take regular readings. Then, you have the knowledge to make lifestyle modifications and begin a dialog with your physician on the need for medications.

Don't stop there. Continue taking readings. Why?

  1. Aging itself often increases blood pressure.
  2. Tolerance to medications, prompting adjustment, occurs.
  3. Side effects of one class of drugs may make them inappropriate for you. This doesn't mean you should just stop taking any medication. Another, with fewer side effects, is available and you'll need to monitor how it works.
  4. Once you leave your doctor's office, it's up to you to see if your treatment is effective.

Omron makes devices with Intellisense, a valuable feature.


At 6:14 PM, January 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

love that Dr. Sharoni!!!


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