A new study in the US found that young people with high blood pressure before the age of 40 have an increased risk of cardiovascular events such as heart failure, stroke and vascular blockages with age.
In a study conducted by Duke Health researchers, the study used the new American blood pressure guidelines issued in 2017 that lowered the clinical definition of high blood pressure from earlier levels to investigate the relationship between BP (BP) in young adulthood And the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) until middle age.
The study involved 4,851 young people aged 18 to 30 years who had blood pressure measurements taken before the age of 40 in the CARDIA study, which began in 1985.
Participants were classified into four groups based on their blood pressure levels: normal (120 or lower systolic blood pressure over 80 diastolic or less); (120-129 above 80); Stage 1 blood pressure (130-139 over 80-89); Or stage 2 blood pressure (140 or more than 90 or more).
The researchers looked at participants' median scores of 18.8 years.
The findings, published in JAMA, showed that participants with high blood pressure, first-stage hypertension, high blood pressure stage 2 before age 40, as defined by the 2017 guidelines, had a significantly higher risk of cardiovascular disease events than those with hypertension Normal blood before age 40.
"This is a first step in assessing whether high blood pressure, as defined by the new criteria, is something that young people should be concerned about as a potential harbinger of serious problems," said lead author Yuichiro Yano, M., Ph.D. "Although this is an observational study, it demonstrates that new blood pressure guidelines help identify those who may be at risk for cardiovascular events." – AFP-Relaxnews