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Researchers studied 591 asymptomatic healthy adults who had annual vascular assessments and cognitive tests over a 5-year period. They found that arterial stiffness, a marker of how “flexible” the arteries are, is not only associated with future cognitive loss but also better predicted those who will develop cognitive loss compared to the blood pressure levels.

A recent study by Emory researchers found arterial stiffness, measured as pulse wave velocity (PWV), is associated with a steeper decline in cognitive performance than blood pressure. The findings, published in the journal Hypertension, may offer a better prediction of future dementia than just blood pressure level.

While hypertension has been associated with and dementia, there was little known about the impact of increased on memory, either alone or in combination with elevated .

Researchers studied 591 asymptomatic healthy adults who had annual vascular assessments and cognitive tests over a 5-year period. They found that arterial stiffness, a marker of how “flexible” the arteries are, is not only associated with future cognitive loss but also better predicted those who will develop cognitive loss compared to the .

“By looking specifically at arterial stiffness we were able to identify a group of healthy adults that are at the greatest risk of developing cognitive decline. In particular, individuals with higher PWV and hypertension were at greatest risk”, says lead researcher Ihab Hajjar, MD, MS, associate professor of medicine and neurology at Emory University School of Medicine.

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