Even Slightly Elevated BP Carries Stroke Risk
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Hypertension is a known risk factor for stroke, but new research has concluded that prehypertension can also increase the risk of stroke. Data from 19 studies of 762,393 patients worldwide showed that individuals with elevated blood pressure that had not reached high levels (140/90mm Hg or above) were 66% more likely to have a stroke than those with normal blood pressure ( >120/80mm Hg). Prehypertension is considered to be between the normal and high ranges. Prehypertension in the lower range carried a 44% increased risk of stroke and prehypertension in the higher range had an increased risk of 95%.
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