High blood pressure in adulthood is linked to smaller brain volumes in later life

Takeaway

  • High and increasing blood pressure in adulthood is linked to an increase in white matter hyperintensity volume (WMHV) and smaller brain volumes at 69–71 years of age.

Why this matters

    Routine blood pressure monitoring from 40 years of age is important for the prevention of brain-related disease and to maximize late-life brain health.