Stopping Blood Pressure Meds May Not Help Cognition

Stopping Blood Pressure Meds May Not Help Cognition

August 30, 2019 3 By Bertrand Dibbert


Any medication can cause side effects, and
high blood pressure medications are no exception. I’m Shelby Cullinan with your latest health
news. Low blood pressure has recently been linked
to impaired cognitive function in elderly patients. However, a new study from the Netherlands
found that patients who discontinued taking their antihypertensive (blood pressure) medications
did not experience a reversal in mild cognitive impairment. In the study, patients were split
into two groups, one of which discontinued taking antihypertensive drugs. Cognitive function,
depression, apathy, functional status and quality of life were then monitored for 16
weeks. After that time, no mental differences were found between the two groups. Speak with
your doctor about any medication you may be taking.