Tag Archives: Cardiovascular Risk Factors

Blood Pressure in Early Middle Age Linked to Vascular Dementia Risk (BBC News / Lancet Neurology)

Summary Epidemiological research indicates that high blood pressure in early mid-life (i.e. people in their 30s and 40s) is associated with blood vessel damage, brain shrinkage and vascular dementia risk in later life. Full Text Link Reference High blood pressure … Continue reading

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No Safe or Protective Level of Alcohol Consumption? (BBC News / Lancet)

Summary Light-to-moderate drinking increases blood pressure and the risk of stroke. “I have always been reasonably convinced that moderate alcohol consumption was protective for cardiovascular disease, but now I am having my doubts”. Professor David Spiegelhalter: Winton Professor for the … Continue reading

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Lower Than Expected Take-Up of NHS Health Check (BBC News / NHS England)

Summary Persons aged between 40 and 74 are eligible for a free NHS Health Check, with a view to early identification and / or prevention of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, chronic kidney disease etc. In practice, statistics show that roughly 7.15 … Continue reading

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Cardiovascular Health in Old Age Associated With Reduced Risk of Cognitive Decline and Dementia (NHS Choices / JAMA)

Summary Fresh evidence from France suggests that favourable cardiovascular health metrics – measured using the American Heart Association (AHA)’s Life’s Simple 7 Metrics tool – and higher cardiovascular health scores, are associated with a lower risk of developing dementia and … Continue reading

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Moderate Levels of Alcohol Consumption: An Unequivocal Public Health Message? (BBC News / Lancet)

Summary Meta-analysis of the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (2016)’s 694 data sources, plus 592 other studies, suggests strongly that alcohol consumption is a leading risk factor for disease burden worldwide. Alcohol consumption may account for … Continue reading

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Alcohol Consumption in Moderation Perhaps Not Too Harmful: Some Neuroprotective Benefits? (BBC News / BMJ / NHS Choices / Heart)

Summary New evidence suggests that moderate levels of alcohol consumption (drinking between 7 – 14 units of alcohol per week) results in a lower level of risk for developing dementia, when compared to the dementia risk for either heavy drinkers … Continue reading

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Metabolic Syndrome and Cognitive Decline in the Elderly: a Possible Risk Factor? (PLoS One)

Summary The following review explores the uncertain evidence for the possible relationship(s) between Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) and increased risk of cognitive impairment in the elderly. Full Text Link Reference Assuncao, N. Sudo, FK. [and] Drummond, C. [et al] (2018). Metabolic … Continue reading

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