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High blood pressure before the age of 40, associated with previous strokes, heart disease



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By Reuters

People who develop high blood pressure before the age of 40 are at higher risk for heart disease and middle-aged stroke, two new studies suggest ,

One of the studies followed 4,800 young adults in the US and found that they had raised their blood pressure before the age of 40 in conjunction with up to three and a half times the risk of heart disease and stroke over a period of about 1

9 years.

The second study examined data on just under 2.5 million young adults in South Korea over the course of a decade and also found that high blood pressure before the age of 40 was associated with an increased risk of heart disease and strokes. Women were up to 76 percent more at risk for cardiovascular disease in this study, while the risk for men was 85 percent higher than their normal age counterparts.

"Increased blood pressure in early adulthood may lead to heart attacks multiple mechanisms, and these blood pressure levels may lead to higher levels over time," said Ramachandran Vasan of the Boston University School of Medicine and the School of Public Health.


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