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December 15, 2011

Stroke or Heart attack rise with BP!

A latest study reveals that chances of a stroke or heart attack are greater if blood pressure (BP) levels go up during the middle age! Men & women who develop high BP or hypertension in middle age 've an estimated 30% higher risk of having a stroke or heart attack compared to those who kept their BP low.

The new Northwestern University study based data from 61,585 participants, shows that a more accurate predictor is a change in BP between the ages of 41 & 45 years. The journal of the American Heart Association: Circulation reported that previous estimates of a person's risk of cardiovascular disease were based on a single BP measurement. 

The study lead Norrina Allen, assistant professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine said, "We found the longer we can prevent hypertension or postpone it, the lower the risk for cardiovascular disease." A university statement said, "There hasn't been as much of a focus on keeping it low when people are in their 40s & 50s." 

Allen also said, "People who maintain or reduce their blood pressure to normal levels by age 55 've the lowest lifetime risk for a stroke or heart attack." Women who developed hypertension had almost a 50% risk of a stroke or heart attack compared to a 22% risk for those who kept their blood pressure low or saw a decrease.  

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