Continuing research on the effects of medicines is important. In this way we can discover the side effects and we don’t always talk about bad surprises. Often a drug with a specific purpose can, on the other hand, bring different benefits to our body. This is what a group of researchers discovered when analyzing the effects of some drugs for high blood pressure. It sounds unbelievable, but these hypertension drugs also protect our brains and boost memory, according to the results of their study. The research was published in the authoritative journal “Hypertension” and reported by the experts of the Veronesi Foundation.
It sounds unbelievable, but these hypertension drugs also protect our brains and strengthen our memory
Many medications we take to fight hypertension don’t just protect us from the possibility of stroke and heart attack. They would also have the ability to protect our brains from dementia, invigorating its cognitive faculties and preserving memory. The discovery comes from a team of researchers from Irvine University in California, sponsored by the American Heart Association. The researchers worked by analyzing data from 14 previous searches. The data took into account 12,900 patients, coming from all over the world and monitored over 50 years. What the patients had in common was that they all had high blood pressure.
Hypertension is a very widespread problem in the world (in the United States one in two people suffer from it). We often know the most visible effects: those on the body. But hypertension also leads to cognitive deficits. For this reason, undergoing normal hypertension therapy already benefits the brain. But what the Irvine researchers discovered is even more important.
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The aforementioned study analyzed seven different aspects of the cognitive sphere of patients with hypertension. In order, they are: attention, learning, executive function, language, verbal memory, mental state, recall and processing speed.
Patients treated with non-penetrating drugs (which do not cross the blood brain barrier) did not experience significant benefits in these respects. Conversely, those treated with penetrating drugs, such as angiotensin receptor blockers and ACE inhibitors, yes. The latter have registered notable improvements especially in terms of verbal memory.
Keeping blood pressure at bay therefore also serves to preserve the health of our brain. It not only protects against cardiovascular disease, but also from degeneration of cognitive functions.
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