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Researchers Find That Hypertension Increases Brain Damage Risk with Age

A research study conducted by Centre for Prevention of Stroke and Dementia clinical research fellow Dr. Karolina Wartolowska investigated the presence of white matter hyperintensities in the brain. These hyperintensities usually highlight small blood vessels that may be damaged and that manifest on MRI scans as bright regions. This damage is said to increase with blood pressure and age; the damage is linked to a decrease in cognitive function and an increased risk of depression, physical disabilities, dementia and stroke.

The study involved 37,041 individuals enrolled in the UK Biobank. A huge chunk of the participants was recruited from the…

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