Tuesday 20th December 2011
An increase in blood pressure in middle age can raise the chances of heart attacks and strokes.
Research conducted by Northwestern Medicine gives doctors and those in locum cardiology work a better understanding into how maintaining a low blood pressure early in middle age can prevent heart attacks and strokes.
The team found that men and women that already had high blood pressure were 30 per cent more likely to suffer heart problems in later life.
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. Even for people with normal blood pressure, we want to make sure they keep it at that level, and it doesn't start increasing over time."
According to the Stroke Association 150,000 suffer an attack in the UK every year with the condition accounting for 53,000 deaths every year.
written by Mathew Horton