8 August 2009

Drugs with anticholinergic properties may help protect against cognitive decline

Some blood pressure drugs may help protect against dementia, study shows
Wake Forest University School of Medicine: 23 July 2009
A particular class of medication used to treat high blood pressure could protect older adults against memory decline and other impairments in cognitive function, according to a newly published study from Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

Research suggests that some of the drugs classified as angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, specifically those types of ACE inhibitors that affect the brain by crossing the blood-brain barrier, may reduce inflammation that could contribute to the development of Alzheimer's disease, a major cause of dementia.

The study appears in the current issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. … > full story

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