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High blood pressure before age 40 linked to earlier strokes, heart disease



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People who develop high blood pressure before age 40 present a higher risk of heart disease and stroke in middle age, two new studies suggest.

One of the studies followed 4,800 young adults in the United States and found an increase in blood pressure before age 40 associated with risk up to 3½ times greater than heart disease and stroke in about 1

9 years of follow-up.

The second study looked at data on nearly 2.5 million young adults in South Korea over a decade and also found that arterial hypertension before age 40 was linked to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. The women in this study had up to 76% more risk of cardiovascular disease, while for men the risk was 85% higher than in peers with normal blood pressure.

"High blood pressure in early adulthood can cause different heart attacks mechanisms, and these levels of blood pressure could progress to higher levels over time," said Ramachandran Vasan of the Boston University School of Medicine and School of Public. Health.


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