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High Blood Pressure Linked to Increased Risk of Dementia

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  • In the U.S., an estimated 1 in 3 have high blood pressure, and another 1 in 3 have prehypertension
  • Elevated systolic pressure is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and stroke. Recent research suggests hypertension, especially elevated systolic pressure, may also raise your risk of dementia
  • Several valsartan-containing blood pressure medications have been recalled due to the presence of N-nitrosodimethylamine, an impurity classified as a probable human carcinogen
  • Several factors can play into the accuracy of your blood pressure reading, including cuff size and placement, body position, machine calibration, stress, smoking and consumption of caffeine or alcohol just prior to the reading
  • Drug-free strategies that can help you regulate your blood pressure include a low-sugar diet, exercise, boosting nitric oxide production using nitrate-rich foods and exercise, intermittent fasting, essential oils, stress reduction and more

By Dr. Mercola

Blood pressure is the force needed to push blood through your arteries coming from your heart to deliver oxygen-rich blood to your body. When your blood pressure is measured, you get a high value (systolic) and a low value (diastolic). The high number is the highest pressure that occurs in your blood vessels while your heart is contracting. The low value is pressure in your arteries between heartbeats when your heart is relaxed.

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