Navigation Links
High Blood Pressure Often Missed in Young Adults: Study
Date:11/6/2012

TUESDAY, Nov. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Younger adults with high blood pressure are less likely than older adults with elevated blood pressure (hypertension) to be diagnosed during doctor visits, a new study says.

Researchers examined the health records of more than 13,000 men and women aged 18 and older in the United States who had made at least two routine visits to their doctors within the previous few years and met the criteria for a diagnosis of high blood pressure.

After four years of visiting their doctors, 54 percent of people 60 and older remained undiagnosed, compared with 67 percent of those aged 18 to 24, 65 percent of those aged 25 to 31 and 59 percent of those aged 32 to 39.

The researchers also found that young adults were less likely to be diagnosed with high blood pressure if they smoked and if they had a mild stage of hypertension. A high blood pressure diagnosis was more likely for minorities, for young adults with diabetes or severe high blood pressure, and those who made more visits to doctors.

Family doctors were less likely to diagnose high blood pressure than internal medicine doctors, and female doctors were more likely than male doctors to diagnose high blood pressure in young adults, according to the study, which was scheduled for Tuesday presentation at the American Heart Association annual meeting in Los Angeles.

Hypertension is a major risk factor for heart attack and stroke. About 29 percent of U.S. adults have high blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association. Although the condition is more common in older people, about 11 percent of men and 7 percent of women aged 20 to 34 have high blood pressure.

"We know that once high blood pressure is diagnosed and young adults receive the treatment they need, they can achieve pretty high control rates," lead researcher Dr. Heather Johnson, assistant professor of medicine in the cardiology division at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, said in an association news release.

Many patient, doctor and health care system factors play a role in the reduced likelihood that younger adults with high blood pressure will receive a diagnosis, Johnson said. She said she hopes the study findings will "guide both patient and provider to make elevated blood pressure one of the key things to focus on during the visit."

Because this study was presented at a medical meeting, the data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

More information

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more about high blood pressure.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: American Heart Association, news release, Nov. 6, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Standard Dose of Blood Thinner May Not Be Best for All Patients
2. Daily Aspirin May Help Those at Risk for Recurrent Blood Clots
3. Higher Blood Pressure May Harm the Middle-Aged Brain, Study Finds
4. RI Hospital: Near-complete blood flow restoration critical for best outcomes in stroke
5. Automated calls help patients in under-developed countries manage blood pressure, U-M study finds
6. Routine blood test predicts prognosis in aggressive skin cancer
7. Fast-Food Breakfast Sandwiches May Slow Down Blood Flow: Study
8. New options for ease and accuracy in extraction of rare cells or separating blood
9. Year of Taking Risky Blood Thinners May Be Unnecessary After Stent Surgery
10. COPD patients experience poorer sleep quality and lower blood oxygen levels
11. Cooking-Oil Combo May Improve Blood Pressure
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
High Blood Pressure Often Missed in Young Adults: Study
(Date:4/25/2017)... ... ... Buyers and sellers in the thriving multi-billion dollar cannabis marketplace – from ... be heartened by the industry’s current surge. But another thing that unifies them is ... At last they can simply, safely and effectively end their aroma anguish thanks to ...
(Date:4/25/2017)... , ... April 25, 2017 , ... Emergency Physician and ... of the Outlier Leadership Series, Outliers in Writing, set to publish in summer 2017. ... Emergency Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He also serves as ...
(Date:4/25/2017)... ... April 25, 2017 , ... ... the continuation of its strategic partnership with and platinum sponsorship of Global Spine ... the safe and effective management of complex spine deformity cases, particularly in children. ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... Michael Vick announced his ... the quarterback position. The former overall number one pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, ... He holds the record for the most career rushing yards by a quarterback (6,109) ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... As part of the nationwide Days of Remembrance ... of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution, Center for Medicine after the Holocaust (CMATH) ... CMATH Champions trip to Germany and Poland next week. , The Fourth Biennial CMATH ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/20/2017)... -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a global biopharmaceutical company, today ... C virus (HCV) infected patients with genotype 1, ... (Child-Pugh A) achieved sustained virologic response at 12 ... pan-genotypic regimen of glecaprevir/pibrentasvir (G/P). These high SVR ... of G/P treatment without ribavirin. Patients with specific ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... Sweden , April 20, 2017 ... NEVPF) ("NeuroVive") today announced positive preclinical results ... preclinical compound for non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), in ... NV556 has previously shown ... NASH model. Today, NeuroVive,s scientists present novel ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... NEW YORK , April 19, 2017 Cardiology ... during the projected period The Cardiology Devices segment ... more than US$ 15 Mn in 2018 over 2017. By ... reach a market valuation close to US$ 700 Mn, expanding ... Cardiology Devices segment dominated the Asia Pacific ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: