Reducing Hypertension in Old People Significantly Reduces Cardiovascular Risk

The data presented by these researchers is a compelling argument for the importance of hypertension in cardiovascular aging. Hypertension as a result of intrinsic aging processes is probably largely caused by stiffening of blood vessels, but narrowing of vessels due to atherosclerosis and other more general consequences of metabolic dysfunctions, such as those that result from being overweight, also play a part. The cardiovascular system remodels in response to hypertension, and is damaged, producing a variety of forms of cardiovascular disease. In addition, a faster pace of rupture of tiny vessels in the brain due to stiffening and increased pressure leads to dementia. All of these are good reasons to work at maintaining a lower blood pressure throughout later life, and more importantly to support … Continue reading Reducing Hypertension in Old People Significantly Reduces Cardiovascular Risk