Medication That Lower Blood Pressure Linked To Reduced Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

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Alzheimer's Disease

Taking medications to lower blood pressure, particularly those known as diuretics, may be associated with a lower incidence of Alzheimer's disease, according to a study posted online today that will appear in the May 2006 print issue of the Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

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Hypertension (high blood pressure) may increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease (AD), according to background information in the article. Researchers have therefore begun to examine whether antihypertensive agents, medications prescribed to treat high blood pressure, could reduce the risk of Alzheimer's Disease. These drugs include diuretics, which cause the kidneys to excrete water and salt, and beta blockers, which results in slowing the heart rate, reducing the heart's pumping action and widening blood vessels.

Ara S. Khachaturian, Ph.D., of Khachaturian and Associates, Inc., Potomac, Md., and colleagues examined the association between antihypertensive medications and the incidence of

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