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Blood pressure management 'prevents Alzheimer's disease'

Blood pressure management 'prevents Alzheimer's disease'
30th January 2009

The fight against Alzheimer's disease may be aided by the effective management of high blood pressure, according to a new study.

Scientists at the University of New South Wales' School of Psychiatry said that there is a growth in links between hypertension and a wide range of dementia types.

Michael Valenzuela, a researcher who has linked the instances together, highlighted six controlled trials which pointed to a slowing in cognitive decline when treating blood pressure abnormalities.

He placed particular emphasis on a European trial which looked at over 4,500 people with hypertension who were over the age of 60, where it was discovered that the incidences of Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia dropped by 50 per cent when treated.

The University of South Wales School of Psychiatry specialises in the research and treatment of anxiety, depressive disorders, schizophrenia, post-natal conditions and social psychiatry and receives much of its funding through grants and the Australian Rotary Health Research Fund.

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