Most people know that high blood pressure is bad for the heart, but many people don’t realize that it is also bad for the brain. High blood pressure can cause the blood vessels in the brain to become narrow or damaged. When this happens, the brain may not get enough blood to stay healthy. Brain cells may start to die.
As brain cells die, the brain can lose some of its ability to remember, to reason and to think. This condition is known as dementia. When dementia is caused by damage to the vessels in the brain, it is called “vascular dementia”. Vascular dementia is the second leading cause of dementia.
If your healthcare provider prescribes medication and lifestyle changes to control your blood pressure, it’s important to follow directions in order to protect the health of your heart AND your brain.