Hypertension More Than Doubles Your Risk of Developing Epilepsy
Although the exact relationship between seizures and blood pressure is not fully understood, recent research suggests that high blood pressure dramatically increases the risk of developing epilepsy as an adult. Older research found that people experience temporary spikes in blood pressure during seizures before quickly returning to normal. But a 2021 study found that, in people ages 45 and older, the risk of developing late-onset epilepsy was 2.5 times higher in people with hypertension. What’s more, the study found higher blood pressure corresponded to an increase in epilepsy risk. In other words, people whose blood pressure was on the lower end of the hypertension range had a lower risk than those on the higher end. In addition, people who used medication to manage their blood pressure had a reduced risk compared to those not on medications.