Cognitive function and associated factors among postmenopausal women with hypertension and natural menopause in Taiwan

Cheng Chen Chou, Li Yin Chien, Mei Feng Lin, Chi Jane Wang

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Abstract

Hypertension is prevalent among postmenopausal women worldwide and is a risk factor for cognitive impairment. This study examined the cognitive differences between Taiwanese postmenopausal women with and without hypertension after natural menopause and identified factors associated with cognitive function in hypertensive postmenopausal women. A two-group comparative design study of 171 Taiwanese postmenopausal participants (mean age = 64.8±6.6) was conducted in southern Taiwan. Cognitive performance on neuropsychological tests was evaluated, and demographic, health, menopausal, and disease related variables were assessed. Compared to the non-hypertensive group, women with hypertension showed significantly worse performance and a higher percentage of impairment in global cognitive functioning and memory. Fewer years of education and longer duration of hypertension were associated with lower global cognitive function, and increased age was associated with lower scores in delayed memory. Cognitive screening as well as training on global cognitive functioning and memory are needed for postmenopausal hypertensive women. (148 words)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-116
Number of pages7
JournalGeriatric Nursing
Volume42
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gerontology

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