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High blood pressure before age 40 associated with previous stroke, heart disease



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

One of the studies followed 4,800 young adults in the United States and found a high blood pressure before age 40 which was associated with up to 3½ times greater risk of heart disease and stroke during approximately 19 years of follow-up.

The second study examined data of nearly 2.5 million young adults in South Korea for a decade and also found that high blood pressure before age 40 was associated with greater risk of heart disease and stroke. Women in this study had up to 76 percent higher risk of cardiovascular disease, while for men the risk was 85 percent higher compared to comrades with normal blood pressure.

"Elevated blood pressure in early adulthood can result in multiple myocardial infarction, and these blood pressure levels can develop to higher levels over time," said Ramachandran Vasan of the Boston University School of Medicine and Public Health School.


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