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High BP values linked to poor decision making in older adults

07 Jan 2020

Nondemented older adults with higher blood pressure (BP) values may suffer from poorer decision making, according to a recent study.

A total of 908 nondemented older adults (age, 81 years; 75 percent women) from the Rush Memory and Aging Project were included in the analysis. Separate multivariable linear regression models showed the inverse associations of total decision-making scores with systolic (S)BP, mean arterial pressure (MAP) and pulse pressure (PP) after adjusting for age, sex, education, antihypertension medication use, diabetes and cumulative cardiovascular disease burden (p=0.03).

Additionally, the association between decision making and these BP values persisted after additional adjustment for global cognition.

In this study, the investigators used questions designed to simulate materials used in financial and healthcare settings in the real world to measure decision making in participants, which yielded a total score and domain-specific health and financial decision-making scores.

Two seated and one standing BP measurements were carried out, all of which contributed to average SBP, MAP and PP. Participants reported their hypertension status and underwent medical history and cognitive assessments. Antihypertensive medications were visually inspected and coded.

“Decision making, [which is] key to successful ageing, has implications for financial success, physical health and well-being,” the investigators said. “While poor decision making has been linked with increased risk of mortality, age-related cognitive decline and dementia, less is known regarding its associations with chronic disease indicators.”

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01 Nov 2019
Women with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, especially pre-eclampsia, are at heightened risk of developing cardiovascular disorder and chronic hypertension, with the risk becoming apparent soon after pregnancy, a study has found.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 29 May 2019

Gestational diabetes and abnormal glucose levels in pregnancy, as determined with an oral glucose challenge test (OGCT) at 24–28 weeks gestation, could signal a future risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD)*, according to a recent study.

07 Jul 2019
Plasma creatinine kinase activity, measure during early pregnancy, influences blood pressure during pregnancy and contributes to severe gestational hypertension diagnosed before 34 weeks of gestation, according to a recent study. There is no association between creatinine kinase and other hypertensive disorders during pregnancy.
Pank Jit Sin, 16 Oct 2019
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