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October 2017

How to Use Blood Pressure Guidelines for Best Cognitive Outcomes

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Neurology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA Neurol. 2017;74(10):1172-1173. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2017.1869

In light of changing recommendations about optimal blood pressure management, it becomes challenging for the clinician to not only identify ideal blood pressure parameters for his or her own patient, but to understand the possible long-term implications of various blood pressure goals. Accumulating evidence has pointed to the importance of blood pressure control on cognitive outcomes, in particular, with primary driving evidence from epidemiologic studies. However, what remains unclear is the definition of blood pressure control, and whether similar criteria apply for all potential hypertensive individuals.