Should You Be Worried About Your Blood Pressure?

By on March 9, 2012
High BP Worries

How is your blood pressure? If it’s at good levels (120 over 80 or below), then you have nothing to worry about.

However, if your blood pressure isn’t where you want it to be, you may have a little more to consider than the risk of heart attack and stroke.

It’s a fact that every system in your body requires blood through circulation and your brain is no exception. According to Harvard Medical School there are some links between high blood pressure and brain health.

One such study of 2,505 men between the ages of 71-93 found that men with systolic pressures of 140 mm. Hg or higher were 77 percent more likely to develop dementia than men with systolic pressures below 120 mm. Hg. Another study that assessed cognitive function and blood pressure in people between 18-46 and between 47-83 found that in both age groups, high systolic and diastolic blood pressures were linked to cognitive decline over time.

So what happens when your high blood pressure is treated with medication and certain life changes (including diet and exercise)?A study out of Harvard and Boston Universities found that blood flow to the brain substantially increased with treatment.

High blood pressure definitely should be a worry for anyone wanting to avoid stroke, heart attack and brain diseases, but it’s never too late to change and get healthy.