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Elevated hypertension before the age of 40 linked to previous strokes, heart disease



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By Reuters

People who develop high blood pressure before the age of 40 have a higher risk of heart disease and middle-age strokes, suggesting two new studies.

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

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

"High blood pressure in adulthood can cause heart attacks by various mechanisms and these levels of blood pressure can progress to higher levels over time," said Ramachandran Vasan of the School of Medicine of the University of Boston and the School of Health Public


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