Nov 22, 2021
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Hypertension doubles the risk of epilepsy in older people

Epilepsy manifests itself not only in childhood, medical practice shows that in almost a third of patients, the disease occurs in old age. At the same time, in terms of prevalence among older patients, it ranks third after strokes and diseases associated with dementia.

The scientists themselves clarify that there is no data yet on how exactly hypertension is associated with the development of epilepsy in old age. However, they observe a correlation and recommend that high blood pressure patients pay attention to the risks.

According to the co-author of the study, Dr. Maria Stephanidou, more people around the world will face high blood pressure. The risk of developing epilepsy in the elderly can be reduced by treating hypertension.

Epilepsy in the elderly is commonly associated with cerebrovascular disease such as stroke. However, the current study has shown that hypertension is the main risk factor for the development of epilepsy, even taking into account the transferred cerebral hemorrhage.

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