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High blood pressure before the age of 40 is associated with a previous stroke, heart disease



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By Reuters

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

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

The second study examined data on 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 a greater risk of heart disease and stroke. Women in this study had a 76 percent higher risk of cardiovascular disease, while for men the risk was 85 percent higher, compared to peers with normal blood pressure.

"Increased blood pressure in early adulthood can lead to heart attacks by several mechanisms, and this blood pressure level can develop to a higher level over time," said Ramachandran Vasan of Boston University School of Medicine and the School of Public Health.


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