High blood pressure makes your heart work harder, increasing your risk for a heart attack or stroke. Now, new research suggests that the dangers of high blood pressure or hypertension start earlier than most people realize.
A new study looked at whether blood pressure changes from when you're an early adult into middle age can indicate whether you'll develop heart disease. Researchers from Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University measured the blood pressure of almost 5,000 men and women, 18 to 30 years old, over a 25 year period.
They found that people with increasing blood pressure in middle age or high blood pressure by the time they hit middle age were more likley to develop heart disease by the time they were 50."
Researchers say it's important to maintain a healthy blood pressure beginning early in adulthood rather than waiting until middle age. The results of the study are in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.