Blood Pressure Control and Dementia Risk in Midlife Patients With Atrial Fibrillation

Daehoon Kim, Pil Sung Yang, Eunsun Jang, Hee Tae Yu, Tae Hoon Kim, Jae Sun Uhm, Jong Youn Kim, Jung Hoon Sung, Hui Nam Pak, Moon Hyoung Lee, Gregory Y.H. Lip, Boyoung Joung

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Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with increased risk of cognitive impairment and dementia, even with no overt stroke. Hypertension has been a potentially modifiable risk factor for dementia, especially in midlife (<70 years) individuals. We aimed to investigate the associations of blood pressure (BP) and hypertension burden with dementia risk among midlife AF patients. From the Korean National Health Insurance Service database, we enrolled 171 228 incident AF patients aged 50 to 69 years with no prior dementia from 2005 to 2016. During a mean of 6.6 years of follow-up, 9909 patients received a first-time diagnosis of dementia. U-shaped relationships were noted between systolic or diastolic BP and dementia risk: A 10 mm Hg increase or decrease in systolic BP starting from 120 mm Hg was associated with 4.4% (95% CI, 2.7%-6.0%) and 4.6% (95% CI, 0.1%-8.2%) higher dementia risk, respectively. An increase or decrease in diastolic BP starting from 80 mm Hg also increased dementia risk. In subtype analyses, Alzheimer disease increases with BP decrease whereas vascular dementia increases according to BP increase. When BP changes over time were accounted for in time-updated models, BP of 120 to 129/80 to 84 mm Hg was associated with the lowest dementia risk. Increasing hypertension burden (the proportion of days with increased BP during follow-up) was associated with higher dementia risk (hazard ratio, 1.10 per 10% increase [95% CI, 1.08-1.12]). Among midlife AF patients, there were a U-shaped association of BP and a log-linear association of hypertension burden with dementia risk. Minimizing the burden of hypertension in AF patients might help to prevent dementia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1296-1304
Number of pages9
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2020 May 1

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