Blood pressure drug offers hope for vascular dementia sufferers

Blood pressure drug offers hope for vascular dementia sufferers

Blood pressure drug offers hope for vascular dementia sufferers Thousands of people with the second most common dementia have been given fresh hope after a blood pressure drug appeared to combat the disease in early research. Experts suggested that amlodipine might one day be repurposed to treat vascular dementia or stop it in the early stages, after showing that it could increase blood flow in the brains of mice. Professor Metin Avkiran, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation, said the study was “a vital step forward towards finding new ways of stopping vascular dementia from progressing”. There are 150,000 people in the UK with vascular dementia, making it the second most common cause of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease. It occurs when small blood vessels in the brain become …
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