Lowering blood pressure reduces the risk of cognitive impairment
on 21 February 2019
Lower blood pressure and protect your future

Do you have high blood pressure? Well, I am sure you wish you didn't and towards that end, I would highly recommend hypnotherapy and hypnosis. Hypnotherapy can very likely help you lower your blood pressure and hypnosis can help you to maintain it. Oh, and I forgot to mention its effect on memory. . . . 

This is a really interesting piece of research about the effect of lowering blood pressure (hypertension) in adults over 50. That high blood pressure is well known to be a bad thing, any additional news to support that, is always welcome. While the objective of this project was to study the effect of lowering blood pressure on mild cognitive impairment (MCI), it was more successful in decreasing cardiac disease. The results for the MCI were good but not conclusive. What was very encouraging, was, the study was stopped early because of its success in cardiac disease!

Anyway, while we may not know the specific positive effects of lowering blood pressure, we know enough to know it's a good thing. While medication is the most common method of treatment, there are many holistic ways to do so also! For example, yoga, meditation, diet, to name a few and these can be very effective. But the one thing that these things do not do, if only in terms of ease and efficiency, is to address one (by no means all) of the major causes of hypertension, is, that they do not teach us how to manage stress and/or anxiety (same systemic root). Stress, both oxidative and psychological, plays a significant role in promoting and sustaining high blood pressure and anything that helps prevent, reduce or eliminate it is surely a good thing?

So, since it is recognised that having a calm demeanour, a relaxed mindset and no unnecessary or undue stress is usually associated with normal blood pressure, the question becomes, how do we attain and maintain "a calm demeanour, a relaxed mindset and no unnecessary or undue stress?" The answer, hypnosis and hypnotherapy! Hypnotherapy may be required to help you deal with the causes of the stress and anxiety in your life and hypnosis, that just helps you to maintain it. So, for good health, a calm approach to life and good blood pressure, try hypnotherapy; if nothing else, your heart will thank you and, hopefully, bless you with good health and a mind that will help you to remember the blessings that every day can bring. What a tragedy it would be, to have great day today and no memory of it tomorrow!

Hypnotherapy stands out as one of the most effective strategic life management methods there is, especially in its ability to promote clear thinking and good states of mental wellness. The behaviours that make life challenging are often a result of too much stress, too little sleep and too little by way of clarity! So, to get or take back control of your mind and your life, it makes perfect sense to use a methodology that addresses the subconscious mind's role in perpetuating negative, vague and ambiguous states of mind. Hypnosis helps us to create calm relaxing states of mind that make life work better! If you would like to address any concerns you have in this direction, or, if you just want to make your life feel better,  then why not make an appointment for a Free Consultation? Hypnosis gives you the ability to have a good life! 

The objective here is to help people understand how and why we become illogically trapped into irrational emotional experiences that may actually be happening for reasons different to that which we would imagine! If you want to know more about how Hypnotherapy can help you; why not make an appointment for a Free Consultation?

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The Research:

Intensive control of blood pressure in older people significantly reduced the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a precursor of early dementia, in a clinical trial led by scientists at Wake Forest School of Medicine, part of Wake Forest Baptist Health. However, the National Institutes of Health-supported Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT) Memory and Cognition in Decreased Hypertension (SPRINT-MIND) study did not prove that treating blood pressure to a goal of 120 mm Hg or less statistically reduced the risk of dementia. This result may have been due to too few new cases of dementia occurring in the study, the authors noted.

The results were reported in the January 28th edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

MCI is defined as a decline in memory and thinking skills that is greater than expected with normal ageing and is a risk factor for dementia. Dementia is defined as a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities.

"As doctors treating older patients, we are encouraged to finally have a proven intervention to lower someone's risk for MCI," said the study's principal investigator, Jeff Williamson, M.D., professor of gerontology and geriatric medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine. "In the study, we found that just three years of lowering blood pressure not only dramatically helped the heart but also helped the brain."

The objective of the SPRINT MIND was to evaluate the effect of intensive blood pressure control on risk of dementia. Hypertension, which affects more than half of people over age 50 and more than 75 per cent of those older than 65, has been identified as a potentially modifiable risk factor for MCI and dementia in previous observational studies.

The clinical trial, which enrolled 9361 volunteers, was conducted at 102 sites in the United States and Puerto Rico among adults 50 and older with hypertension but without diabetes or history of stroke. The participating group was 35.6 per cent female, 30 per cent black and 10.5 per cent Hispanic and thus representative of the broader U.S. population.

Participants were randomly assigned to a systolic blood pressure goal of either less than 120 mm HG (intensive treatment) or less than 140 mm Hg (standard treatment). They were then classified after five years as having no cognitive impairment, MCI or probable dementia.

"Although the study showed a 15 per cent reduction in dementia in the intensively controlled group, we were disappointed that the results did not achieve statistical significance for this outcome," Williamson said. "Last week the Alzheimer's Association agreed to fund additional follow-up of SPRINT MIND participants in the hope that sufficient dementia cases will accrue, allowing for a more definitive statement on these outcomes."

SPRINT was stopped early due to the success of the trial in reducing cardiovascular disease. As a result, participants were on intensive blood pressure lowering treatment for a shorter period than originally planned. The authors concluded that the shorter time may have made it difficult to accurately determine the role of intensive blood pressure control on dementia cases.

Williamson said some caution should be exercised in interpreting the study result both because MCI was not the primary cognitive focus of the trial and because it is not clear what intensive blood pressure control may mean for the longer-term incidence of dementia. Although MCI considerably increases the risk of dementia, this progression is not inevitable and reversion to normal cognition is possible, he said.

Support for the study was provided by NIH under contract numbers HHSN268200900040C, HHSN268200900046C, HHSN268200900047C, HHSN268200900048C, and HHSN268200900049C and interagency agreement A-HL-13-002-001. Clinical trial number: NCT01206062.

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Materials provided by Wake Forest Baptist Medical CenterNote: Content may be edited for style and length.

Journal Reference:

  1. Jeff D. Williamson, Nicholas M. Pajewski, Alexander P. Auchus, R. Nick Bryan, Gordon Chelune, Alfred K. Cheung, Maryjo L. Cleveland, Laura H. Coker, Michael G. Crowe, William C. Cushman, Jeffrey A. Cutler, Christos Davatzikos, Lisa Desiderio, Guray Erus, Larry J. Fine, Sarah A. Gaussoin, Darrin Harris, Meng-Kang Hsieh, Karen C. Johnson, Paul L. Kimmel, Manjula Kurella Tamura, Lenore J. Launer, Alan J. Lerner, Cora E. Lewis, Jennifer Martindale-Adams, Claudia S. Moy, Ilya M. Nasrallah, Linda O. Nichols, Suzanne Oparil, Paula K. Ogrocki, Mahboob Rahman, Stephen R. Rapp, David M. Reboussin, Michael V. Rocco, Bonnie C. Sachs, Kaycee M. Sink, Carolyn H. Still, Mark A. Supiano, Joni K. Snyder, Virginia G. Wadley, Jennifer Walker, Daniel E. Weiner, Paul K. Whelton, Valerie M. Wilson, Nancy Woolard, Jackson T. Wright, Clinton B. Wright. Effect of Intensive vs Standard Blood Pressure Control on Probable DementiaJAMA, 2019; DOI: 10.1001/jama.2018.21442

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Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. "Lowering blood pressure reduces the risk of cognitive impairment." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 28 January 2019.