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Lower systolic blood pressures in older people may preserve cognitive function

KEY POINT

Treatment of hypertension to systolic blood pressure (SBP) levels of 120 mm Hg or lower in older people (70–79 y) resulted in less cognitive decline compared with SBP levels of 150 mm Hg or higher over a 10-year period, especially in black patients, according to results of the Health, Aging, and Body Composition (Health ABC) study.