Dr. William B. White reported at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology that patients 75 years old and older who began with blood pressures averaging 126/66 lost measurable brain function and walking time for every 1 mm Hg increase in BP over the next two years. Previous concerns for rising BP were heart attacks and kidney problems, but it looks like the brain is affected as well. Rather than adding more drugs, lifestyle factors and natural therapies like garlic might be effective, in my opinion, and certainly safer as well.
See Family Practice News(click here), May 15, 2011, p. 16.