Young Adults With Heart Issues Face Risk of Cognitive Decline

Young Adults With Heart Issues Face Risk of Cognitive Decline

(The results remained consistent even after adjusting for education level, age and sex—factors known to affect thinking skills.) Among people with a systolic (upper number) blood pressure reading higher than 140 mmHg in their 20s and 30s, the results were similar. Those who did, however, were more likely to experience cognitive decline, as suggested by a 9- to 10-point drop in their thinking scores. “The impact of reducing these risk factors could be substantial.”Despite these findings, Yaffe stressed that the study shows only an association and not a cause-and-effect relationship between these health issues and cognitive problems later in life. For related coverage, read “High Blood Pressure Can Accelerate Cognitive Decline No Matter the Age of Onset.”

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