Hypertension in Mid-Life Can Be Predictor of Dementia in Later Years

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Dr. Mitchell Blutt is the founder of Consonance Capital, a New-York based healthcare investment firm. Dr. Blutt was one of the first physicians to identify healthcare companies as an investment opportunity on Wall Street. Dr. Mitchell Blutt is also on the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Costantino Iadecola, director of the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute at Weill Cornell Medical College, is researching the brain dysfunction and brain damage that result from stroke and dementia.

Stroke, caused by a blockage of the blood vessels to the brain, is the leading cause of brain damage worldwide. Stroke can cause paralysis, blindness, confusion, and language and communication problems. Dementia, present in Alzheimer’s disease, can result in memory problems, confusion, and disorientation.

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is the major cause of stroke and dementia. Dr. Iadecola has determined that high blood pressure in middle age is a risk factor for cognitive decline in later years. Having high blood pressure in one’s 40s and 50s can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia between two and three hundred percent.


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