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Scientist: Alzheimer's may lower blood pressure

Scientist: Alzheimer's may lower blood pressure
16th October 2008

A scientist has suggested that Alzheimer's disease may have the effect of reducing blood pressure.

While it has previously been put forward that some cognitive problems associated with Alzheimer's may be due to a reduced blood pressure, Dr Sven Kurbel of the Osijek Medical Faculty in Croatia states that the reverse may actually be true - that hypotension might be a result of Alzheimer's sufferers forgetting their worries.

Given that hypotension can itself be a cause of other diseases, treatments to alleviate memory loss may therefore have an indirect effect on other illnesses, according to Dr Kurbel's study, which is published in the Bioscence Hypotheses journal.

"An important question is would reduction of stressful memories and of stress exposure in everyday life help diminish the risk of getting hypertension or metabolic syndrome in the years to come," says Dr Kurbel.

If his hypothesis is confirmed in future studies, it is suggested that the finding could have a significant effect on how doctors treat older people and may result in greater emphasis being placed on how mental wellbeing might directly impact on physical health.

Meanwhile Australia's National Prescribing Service recently suggested that medicines are not necessarily the best way to treat dementia in some patients.

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