What High BP in Young Adulthood Means Down the Road

Isolated Systolic High BP in 30s May Up Risk of Earlier Death
Isolated Systolic High BP in 30s May Up Risk of Earlier Death

(HealthDay News) — Isolated systolic high blood pressure in young adulthood is a predictor of cardiovascular disease mortality 30 years down the road, a new study suggests. The report was published in the Feb. 3 issue of Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Donald Lloyd-Jones, M.D., of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, and colleagues followed 27,081 adults, ages 18 to 49, enrolled in the Chicago Heart Association Detection Project in Industry Study.

Women with high systolic pressure were found to have a 55 percent higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease than women with normal blood pressure. For men, the difference was 23 percent. The readings to watch for: systolic pressure of 140 mm Hg or more and diastolic pressure of less than 90 mm Hg.

"Doctors should not ignore isolated systolic high blood pressure in younger adults, since it clearly has implications for their future health," Lloyd-Jones told HealthDay.

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