We administered a mixed-method survey to 1,661 patients in a large health system to assess preferences toward antihypertensive use for dementia prevention. If a specific antihypertensive medication was shown to prevent or delay dementia, the vast majority (>90%) of respondents currently taking an antihypertensive reported that they would be willing to take that specific antihypertensive starting as early as mid-life. Concerns reported were potential side effects, lack of evidence of effectiveness, blood pressure being normal or low, and medication cost. Analysis of free-text responses revealed themes of concerns regarding evidence of effectiveness and health priorities.
Keywords: Alzheimer’s disease; antihypertensive agents; dementia; primary prevention.