Blood Pressure Levels and Dementia

Thursday, April 1st, 2010 by American Senior Fitness Association   View This Issue of Experience!

Is there a definitive link between high blood pressure and cognitive decline, including Alzheimer's disease? That is a question the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will seek to answer through its upcoming Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT).

This autumn, the NIH will begin enrolling participants in SPRINT, the most ambitious trial to date designed to determine whether reducing systolic pressure below the currently recommended level of 140 mm Hg can also reduce the risk for age-related dementia. Some subjects will be randomly assigned to a program endeavoring to keep systolic pressure below 120.

This trial will involve 7,500 persons. The participants, all age 55-plus, will be followed-up for at least four years.

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