25 November 2009

Study shows hypertension as a risk factor

Vascular factors and inflammation predict later Alzheimer’s
MedPage Today: 2 November 2009
The presence of hypertension, atherosclerosis, and certain markers of inflammation in midlife were early signals of later-life Alzheimer's disease, a Dutch family study found.

Approximately 40% of middle-aged offspring who had a parent with Alzheimer's disease had elevated blood pressure compared with 29% of those without a parental history of the dementia (P=0.02), according to Eric van Exel, MD, PhD, of VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, and colleagues. … > full story

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