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Ugeskr Laeger. 2009 Jun 8;171(24):2025-8.

[Hypertension and the brain].

[Article in Danish]

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  • 1Neurologisk Afdeling N, Bispebjerg Hospital, DK-2400 KĂžbenhavn NV.


Hypertension is a major and modifiable risk factor of stroke and dementia. Hypertension causes remodelling of the cerebral resistance vessels, impairing their tolerance to very low blood pressure. In primary prevention of stroke, the effect of beta-blockers is inferior to other classes of antihypertensives. In secondary prevention of stroke, ACE-inhibitors and angiotensin blockers may be recommended as first choice drugs. Lowering of the blood pressure is, however, more important than the choice of drug.

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