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Date:3/17/2010

by 10 or 20 or 30 percent, that would be an important observation because we don't have other good treatments for dementia," Fine said. "SPRINT should provide some additional science to inform us whether lowering blood pressure to the lower goal will, in fact, reduce the rate of developing dementia."

"There are a lot of reasons why we ought to control blood pressure anyway, but this gives us another very important reason," Thies added.

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There's more on high blood pressure at the American Heart Association.



SOURCES: Ian Murray, Ph.D., assistant professor, neuroscience and experimental therapeutics, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, College Station; Lawrence Fine, M.D., DrPH, chief, clinical applications and prevention branch, division of cardiovascular sciences, U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; William Thies, Ph.D., chief medical and scientific officer, Alzheimer's Association, Chicago


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