Elderly may have Cognitive Problems related to High Blood Pressure

Elderly may have Cognitive Problems related to High Blood Pressure

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[Best Syndication News] A study from North Carolina State University reported that older adults that have high blood pressure showed a decrease in their ability to think clearly because of a decline in cognitive function. The study was first published in the current issue of Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences.

In the report, the authors of the study report elderly individual with blood pressure higher that 130 had a significant decrease in cognitive function during the time when their blood pressure spiked. Comparatively, those that had low or normal blood pressure did not have any change in their cognitive functioning, even if they had a spike in blood pressure.

Under stress, a person’s blood pressure can spike, which could adversely cause elderly individuals to have a decrease in inductive reasoning. Inductive reasoning is an ability to work with unfamiliar information to solve problems.

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