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4 Your Health: Older adults suffering silent strokes after surgery

There is an important new recommendation involving the HPV vaccine.

The CDC is now recommending that everyone from 11 to 26 get the vaccine, including boys.

Before, boys through age 21 were urged to get the vaccine.

Adults between the ages of 27 and 45 should only get the vaccine if they are at high risk of an infection, but should speak with their doctors first.

According the CDC, kids as young as nine can also be vaccinated.

Older adults suffering silent strokes

New research finds many older adults suffer silent strokes after surgery.

The Canadian study included over 1,100 senior citizens across the globe.

The study showed one in 14 had a silent stroke after surgery, which is a stroke that’s not obvious except in brain scans.

Based on those figures, researchers estimate about three million seniors have a silent stroke each year.

While there are no symptoms, silent strokes doubled the risk of cognitive decline one year later.

Dementia risk from abnormal blood pressure

A new study reveals abnormal blood pressure in middle and late life may increase the risk of dementia.

Johns Hopkins researchers tracked over 4,700 adults for 25 years.

They found people with continuing hypertension were 49 percent more likely to develop dementia than those with normal blood pressure.

Having high blood pressure in middle age and low blood pressure later in life increased dementia risk by 62 percent.

Priscilla Casper

Priscilla Casper

Priscilla Casper is an anchor and multi-skilled journalist for News 4 Tucson. She anchors weekdays at noon and 4 p.m.
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