Hypertension can cause brain damage

January 15, 2008 2:41:02 PM PST
Many doctors keep close tabs on the heart and kidneys of patients with high blood pressure. But new researchers finds that hypertension can also cause slow damage to another organ, the brain.

A study in the journal Hypertension shows that small bleeding sites in the brain may be the result of high blood pressure. But these micro-bleeds usually case no immediate symptoms and can only be detected with a brain scan.

Researchers say current guidelines for high blood pressure patients may need to be updated to include the brain as an organ that should be monitored.