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Can extremely high blood pressure levels in the range of 200/100 cause memory problems in an elderly patient?

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Dr. Sagar Makode

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Posted on Fri, 24 Aug 2018 in Hypertension and Heart Disease
Question: I had an event oh extremely high blood pressure two days ago. “Over 200/100 stayed n hospital over nite, I seem to have memory issues since then . Is this a result of the high numbers? It is under control now. I am 67 yr old female.
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Answered by Dr. Sagar Makode 12 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Yes, likely due to high bp

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Yes, it's likely due to hypertensive encephalopathy. This should resolve with time within a week or two. Care should be taken to avoid such elevation. Along with medicine, you should have a healthy lifestyle like avoiding fatty, oily and high-calorie diet. Have low salt diet and monitor blood pressure regularly thrice a day for one week then once or twice a week, and bp should not be persistently more than 140/90 mmhg. Regular exercises like brisk walking, walking according to your capacity at least 30 min a day and 5 days a week. Get your lipid profile and sugars tested once.
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