Blood Pressure Levels Before Dementia

Diana B. Petitti, Valerie C. Crooks, J. Galen Buckwalter, Vicki Chiu
2005 Archives of Neurology  
The association between blood pressure (BP) and dementia is not easily interpreted, but some prospective studies suggest that dementia may lower BP. Objective: To examine the relationship between BP during a 10-year period and the prevalence of dementia. Design: Comparison of longitudinal BP between participants who had dementia, participants who were cognitively impaired, and unimpaired participants selected from an ongoing cohort study. Setting: A prepaid health plan in southern California.
more » ... rticipants: Three hundred participants had dementia, 285 were cognitively impaired, and 585 were unimpaired. Main Outcome Measures: Retrospective medical record review of up to 3 randomly selected BP measure-ments per year for the 10 years before cognitive classification of each participant.
doi:10.1001/archneur.62.1.112 pmid:15642857 fatcat:6yoqbnd5yrb3renpallia3de5y