Hypertension and High Cholesterol Causes Memory Loss


hypertension checkA new study found that high blood pressure (hypertension) and high cholesterol can lead to not just heart disease but also memory loss and other cognitive disorders.

The research result, which will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology in April 2011, involved 3,486 men and 1,314 women, with an average age of 55 years.

“We found that the risk of cardiovascular disease in middle age is closely related to reduced cognitive function,” said Sara Kaffashian, researcher from Paris, according to AolHealth.

In her research, she gave cognitive tests to all respondents during a 10-year study period. The test was conducted on the ability of memory, spelling and vocabulary skills of language. Then each individual was assessed by Framinghman risk scores.

Framinghman score is a research carried out to predict cardiovascular risk of someone in 10 years based on age, sex, cholesterol, total cholesterol, blood pressure and smoking habit or diabetes.

Low scores of cognitive ability will increase the risk of heart disease 10 times higher and the decline in cognitive function in men and women.

“The results of this study is important in terms of prevention because middle aged people can still improve their cardiovascular health to prevent dementia disease in old age,” said Kaffashian.

Prevention efforts conducted by behavior modification, such as stopping smoking, exercising regularly and maintaining diet.