Can lowering blood pressure lower risk for dementia?

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Health Professionals

SPRINT was a ground-breaking research study funded by the National Institutes of Health to answer the following question:

"Will lower blood pressure reduce the risk of heart and kidney diseases, stroke, or age-related declines in memory and thinking?"

With high blood pressure being a leading cause of death and disability in the US and worldwide, and the number of people living with high blood pressure increasing, the NIH invested in a multi-center (102 sites), randomized (participants were randomly assigned to two different groups), research trial to compare two strategies for treating systolic blood pressure:

  • The then current standard of <140 mm Hg and
  • A more intensive goal of <120 mm Hg.