One in three American adults has high blood pressure, putting them at risk for heart disease and stroke, conditions that are among the leading U.S. killers. High blood pressure (also called hypertension) can also impact brain health in significant ways. Observational studies show that having high blood pressure in midlife—the 40s to early 60s—increases the risk of cognitive decline later in life.
Can controlling hypertension help delay or prevent cognitive impairment? It’s an intriguing question, particularly since hypertension is easily treatable with lifestyle changes and medication.