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Blood Pressure Control in Middle Age Can Lower Lifetime Heart Risk
Date:12/19/2011

changes into account can provide more accurate estimates for lifetime risk of cardiovascular disease, and it can help us predict individualized risk, and thus, individualized prevention strategies," study author Norrina Allen, an assistant professor in the department of preventive medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in Chicago, explained in a journal news release.

"Both avoiding hypertension during middle age or delaying the onset of the development of hypertension appear to have a significant impact on an individual's remaining lifetime risk for CVD," Allen noted.

Graham agreed. He said that hypertension in middle age "can affect one's lifetime risk for heart disease and stroke. Fortunately, with medications and lifestyle changes, patients who control their blood pressure during middle age had the lowest lifetime risk of cardiovascular disease, while those with an increase in blood pressure had the highest risk."

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The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute offers a guide to lowering high blood pressure.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Robert Graham, M.D., internist, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; Circulation, news release, Dec. 15, 2011


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