Wednesday, May 4, 2016

NIH launches public health campaign on link between hypertension and brain health

May is high blood pressure and stroke awareness month. A growing body of scientific evidence indicates that uncontrolled high blood pressure is not only the leading cause of stroke but may also be linked to cognitive decline and dementia. The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is launching a public health education campaign called Mind Your Risks. It is designed to raise awareness about how controlling risk factors for stroke in middle age, particularly high blood pressure, may reduce the risk of cognitive decline later in life.

NINDS is partnering with Million Hearts, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; and also with the Administration for Community Living, and the NIH’s National Institute on Aging and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

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