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Antihypertensive treatment with cerebral hemodynamics monitoring by ultrasonography in elderly hypertensives without a history of stroke may prevent or slow down cognitive decline. A pending issue.
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PMID:  21134723     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
The role of the antihypertensive therapy in preventing cognitive disorders in elderly persons without a history of stroke is still a matter of debate. This article focuses on the pathogenesis of vascular cognitive disorders in hypertension and on the impact of antihypertensive treatment in their prevention. Cerebral white matter lesions, caused by small vessel disease and cerebral hypoperfusion, have been found in the majority of elderly hypertensives. They correlate with cognitive disorders, particularly impairments of attention and executive functions. Excessive blood pressure lowering in elderly patients with long-standing hypertension below a certain critical level, may increase the risk of further cerebral hypoperfusion because of disrupted cerebral blood flow autoregulation. As a result, worsening of the cognitive functions could occur, especially in cases with additional vascular risk factors. Five randomized, placebo-controlled trials have focused on the efficacy of antihypertensive treatments in preventing cognitive impairments in elderly patients without a prior cerebrovascular disease. Four of them have not found positive effects. We suggest that repeated neuropsychological assessments and ultrasonography for evaluation of carotid atherosclerosis, as well as cerebral hemodynamics monitoring could adjust the antihypertensive therapy with the aim to decrease the risk of cerebral hypoperfusion and prevent or slow down cognitive decline in elderly hypertensives. Prospective studies are needed to confirm such a treatment strategy.
Dimiter I Hadjiev; Petya P Mineva
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Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-12-04
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical hypotheses     Volume:  76     ISSN:  1532-2777     ISO Abbreviation:  Med. Hypotheses     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-02-09     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505668     Medline TA:  Med Hypotheses     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  434-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Medical University, 1504 Sofia, Bulgaria.
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