Lowering BP has no impact on cognitive decline: study

Findings raise questions about who can benefit from preventive treatment

Long-term hypertension and lipid lowering management does not significantly affect cognitive decline in older people, a new study has found.

Lowering BP doesn't impact cognitive decline

The findings, which come despite evidence that elevated blood pressure in mid-life is associated with development of cognitive impairment in later life, raised questions about how best to modify cardiovascular risks, researchers said.

The HOPE-3 study involved 2361 people older than 70 with known cardiovascular risk factors – a cohort from the landmark HOPE (Heart Outcomes Prevention