Hypertension and Dementia

Impact of Hypertension Impact of Hypertension If you are between the age of 25 and 40 and have a history of occasional high blood pressure, it might not be advisable to ignore it anymore. A study by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi, shows hypertension at a young age can lead to early dementia and stroke.

The study that was published in an issue of the Journal of Human Hypertension (a Nature publication) shows hypertension in young people leads to decrease in the blood flow to the brain and may consequently lead to brain damage. The decreased blood increases the chances of brain stroke and dementia at an early age.

The fact was confirmed in 33 per cent of the cases studied by AIIMS.

The study was conducted jointly by the departments of Medicine, Nuclear Medicine and Biostatistics at AIIMS. According to the authors is significant ‘‘as the impact of hypertension on cerebral flow in young patients is not known’’. This is also important as no study has been conducted in Indian patients where prevalence of coronary artery disease is rising fast, as observed a doctor who happens to be the principal author and professor of medicine at AIIMS.

The findings are significant as approximately 20 million Indians will have moderate to severe hypertension in this age group in the 25-45 age bracket. Also, going by the preliminary data of 33 per cent, almost 7 million people will have this condition.

The study conducted between October 2001 and May 2004 involved 53 people. While 33 were hypertensive, 20 healthy controls of the same age group were also included. According to the researchers, the findings suggest that young people should no longer ignore blood pressure.

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