High blood pressure: How ‘serious cardiovascular events’ may be predicted 19 years prior

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A research team at Duke University Medical Centre analysed the blood pressure readings of around 4,800 adults under 40 years old back in 1985. What followed was an illuminating finding. “Among young adults, those with elevated blood pressure, stage one hypertension, and stage two hypertension before age 40… had significantly higher risk for subsequent cardiovascular disease events,” said Professor Yuichiro Yano. Yano established that people with elevated blood pressure when young had more chance of serious disease when compared to those with normal blood pressure before the age of 40.

Help! My blood pressure is higher than the ideal range

The NHS strongly advise to “cut down on the amount of salt in your food and eat plenty of fruit and vegetables”.

Other guidance includes limiting alcohol intake, losing weight if needs be, exercising regularly, and cutting down on caffeine.

Caffeinated beverages include coffee, tea, hot chocolate, energy drinks and cola.

Another key recommendation is not to smoke at all, which can cause lasting damage.

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