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High BP linked to rapid Alzheimer’s decline

Treating high blood pressure may help to slow cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease, US research suggests.

Hypertension, angina and atrial fibrillation were found to be linked to a faster rate of decline in a three-year study of 135 Alzheimer's patients. High BP was the most important factor, doubling rate of memory loss.

And a history of treatment with antihypertensives was associated with slower cognitive decline, the study in this month's Neurology reported.

Researchers from John Hopkins University School of Medicine said the results suggested strategies for slowing the progression of people newly diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

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