Walter Koroshetz, MD: May 19, 2016


National Institutes of Health (NIH) Campaign Aims to Raise Awareness of the Link Between High Blood Pressure and Dementia 

Walter Koroshetz, M.D.

Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Many people with high blood pressure know that they could be at risk for stroke and heart attack. However, too many people, despite what they know, are not motivated by these facts to get their high blood pressure under control. Another risk of high blood pressure is emerging: the connection between uncontrolled blood pressure and dementia. Important new studies link high blood pressure, especially in midlife, to an increased risk for dementia later in life. That’s the key message behind Mind Your Risks, a new public health campaign from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).


Dr. Walter Koroshetz, Director of NINDS, is available to discuss the Mind Your Risks campaign and raise awareness about the importance of controlling blood pressure in midlife (from the ages of 45 to 65) to help reduce the risk of having a stroke and developing dementia later in life.

More About Walter Koroshetz:

Walter J. Koroshetz, M.D. was selected Director of NINDS on June 11, 2015. Dr. Koroshetz joined NINDS in 2007 as Deputy Director, and he served as Acting Director from October 2014 through June 2015. He is a stroke neurologist who previously worked at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. . He has held leadership roles in a number of NIH and NINDS programs including the NIH’s BRAIN Initiative, the Traumatic Brain Injury Center collaborative effort between the NIH intramural program and the Uniformed Health Services University, and the multi-year work to develop and establish the NIH Office of Emergency Care Research to coordinate NIH emergency care research and research training.

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