(Mirror Daily, United States) The American Heart Association announced that there might be a connection between high blood pressure and mental illnesses. It can be linked to cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as strokes. The results are based on several tests and studies, although researchers haven’t discovered the precise connection between the two yet.
Health experts explain that high blood pressure can have negative effects on the brain. Hypertension can affect cognitive functions either in mild or severe ways. Vascular cognitive impairment is one of the most common conditions triggered by blood not flowing properly to the brain.
The new review states that treating high blood pressure can prevent many other health complications. It improves the blood system and brings several advantages to brain health.
There are studies which suggest that blood pressure is associated with dementia. Researchers explain that people who feel dizzy because of blood pressure problems are more prone to the mental illness. Patients who experience hypertension at mid-age are most likely to develop mental illnesses when they grow older.
On the other hand, there are also studies which suggest that hypotension (low blood pressure) has the same long term effects. So people who experience these types of problems are also prone to develop mental illnesses.
Health specialists explain that hypertension is often latent, not showing signs. So many people may be living with high blood pressure without acknowledging it. This is why specialists recommend that adults aged more than twenty should go for regular tests to the doctor. The analyses should be repeated every two years, as experts recommend.
According to statistics, there are at least eighty million people in the United States who suffer from high blood pressure. The condition occurs when the heart beats are too strong and put too much pressure on the blood and vessels in the organism. This could lead to damages and ruptures, and the brain cells are prone to such injuries.
Doctors explain that there are some activities that people should introduce in their daily routine to make sure their blood system is healthy. Regular exercise is one of the best allies one can have when it comes to fighting toxins and keeping the organism healthy. If paired with a balanced diet, containing fruits, vegetables, and as less fat as possible, it would be even more efficient. Specialists suggest that losing some extra pounds helps the cardiovascular system too.
It is no wonder that healthy lifestyle has such positive effects on our organisms, keeping us safe from high blood pressure and mental illness. Will you make room in your agenda for a fast walk in the park?
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