Why High Blood Pressure May Not Be Bad In The Elderly

High blood pressure (a.k.a. hypertension) is defined as a systolic pressure (the first number in a blood pressure reading) of 140 mm Hg or greater and a diastolic pressure of 90 mm Hg or more. There’s been a recent study done suggesting that developing this as a senior (between the ages of 80 and 90-years-old) will help protect a person from dementia while also reducing frailty and disability. This is different from what studies have suggested about people who develop high blood pressure in their middle age. Those studies suggest that doing so will boost your risk of developing dementia, heart attack, and stroke later in life. The Association Between Late-Life High Blood Pressure and a Lower Risk of Developing Dementia There are several factors that may be able to explain this apparent association. The main one is that as Read More +