Ambulatory blood pressure may best predict brain disease, cognitive decline
- As a result of tracking ambulatory blood pressure, researchers determined that older Americans who had high ambulatory blood pressure developed more small vessel brain damage over time.
- Patients who want to stay physically and cognitively active should talk to their physicians about tracking out-of-office blood pressure levels
- No relationship between clinical blood pressure and WMH.
- The average volume of WMH, when adjusted for age and “bad” LDL cholesterol, increased significantly over two years from 13.9 ml to 20.5 ml.
- Three of the four mobility measures and all of the cognitive measures were significantly related to WMH volume at two years.
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