Dr. Max Gomez: Hypertension And Dementia

Dr. Max Gomez: Hypertension And Dementia


THE CASE GOES TO THE POLICE COMMISSIONER JAMES O’NEILL FOR POSSIBLE DISCIPLINARY ACTION. AN IMPORTANT HEALTH ALERT ABOUT ALZHEIMER’S AND OTHER FORMS OF DEMENTIA. THIS ONE COMES FROM THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION, AND CBS 2 DR. MAX GOMEZ TELLS US ABOUT HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. DR. MAX? THAT’S RIGHT, WE HAVE KNOWN FOR A LONG TIME THAT HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE IS A MAJOR RISK FACTOR FOR HEART ATTACKS, STROKE, KIDNEY DISEASE AND MORE. BUT THIS GROWING EVIDENCE THAT HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE MAY ALSO LEAD TO COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT. SUCH AS ALZHEIMER’S AND OTHER DEMENTIAS, LATER IN LIFE. 62-YEAR-OLD DOR REASON SANCHEZ, WAS DIAGNOSED WITH HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, TWO YEARS AGO. AND MY BLOOD PRESSURE WAS SHOOTING VERY HIGH. SO I END UP IN THE HOSPITAL. NOW, A NEW SCIENTIFIC STATEMENT FROM THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION SAYS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE DURING MIDDLE AGE IS ASSOCIATED WITH AN INCREASED RISK OF COGNITIVE DECLINE LATER ON. HYPERTENSION, DURING MID LIFE, IN THE 40s AND 50s, YOU KNOW, INCREASES TWO TO THREE TIMES THE RISK OF DEVELOPING ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE LATER IN LIFE. Reporter: DR. COSTENINO, CORNELL MEDICINE, WROTE THE STATEMENT. HYPERTENSION IS THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN TO THE BRAIN. LESS BLOOD GETS TO THE BRAIN. BECAUSE THIS VESSELS BECOME THICKER AND LESS ABLE TO DELIVER THE BLOOD THAT THE BRAIN NEEDS TO FUNCTION. Reporter: HEALTH EXPERTS SAY MORE STUDIES ARE NEEDED. BUT DOCTORS SAY KEEPING YOUR BODY FIT AND MIND SHARP MAY REDUCE THE RISK. DOR REASON SANCHEZ SAYS SHE TRIES TO STAY ACTIVE. I WALK. I DO AT LOF THINGS AROUND THE HOUSE. IN THE AUTUMN. BUSY. Reporter: BUT HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE IS USUALLY SILENT. WITH NO SYMPTOMS. SO IT IS IMPORTANT TO GET YOUR PRESSURE CHECKED REGULARLY. AND WHILE DIET AND EXERCISE AND WEIGHT LOSS HELPS LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE, HYPERTENSION OFTEN REQUIRES MEDICATION, TOO. AND THERE IS ANOTHER REASON TO GET REGULAR CHECKUPS. YES.