Hypertension and dementia: Epidemiological and experimental evidence revealing a detrimental relationship

Marialuisa Perrotta, Giuseppe Lembo, Daniela Carnevale

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Hypertension and dementia represent two major public health challenges worldwide, notably in the elderly population. Although these two conditions have classically been recognized as two distinct diseases, mounting epidemiological, clinical and experimental evidence suggest that hypertension and dementia are strictly intertwined. Here, we briefly report how hypertension profoundly affects brain homeostasis, both at the structural and functional level. Chronic high blood pressure modifies the cerebral vasculature, increasing the risk of Aβ clearance impairment. The latter, excluding genetic etiologies, is considered one of the main causes of Aβ deposition in the brain. Studies have shown that hypertension induces cerebral arterial stiffening and microvascular dysfunction, thus contributing to dementia pathophysiology. This review examines the existing and the updated literature which has attempted to explain and clarify the relationship between hypertension and dementia at the pathophysiological level.

Original languageEnglish
Article number347
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 8 2016


  • Cerebrovascular dysfunction
  • Hypertension
  • Molecular mechanisms
  • Vascular cognitive impairment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Catalysis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Computer Science Applications


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