High Systolic Blood Pressure And An Increased Risk For Heart Disease – Part 1 of 3
High Systolic Blood Pressure And An Increased Risk For Heart Disease. Young and middle-aged adults with squiffed systolic blood pressure – the choicest number in the blood pressure reading – may have an increased risk for heart disease, a new study suggests. “High blood pressure becomes increasingly common with age. However, it does crop up in younger adults, and we are seeing early onset more often recently as a result of the obesity epidemic,” said study senior author Dr Donald Lloyd-Jones. He is a professor of epidemiology and cardiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.
Earlier, unimportant studies have suggested that isolated systolic high blood pressure might be harmless in younger adults, or the outcome of temporary nervousness at the doctor’s office, Lloyd-Jones said. But this 30-year study suggests – but does not prove – that isolated systolic high blood pressure in young adulthood (average length of existence 34) is a predictor of dying from heart problems 30 years down the road. “Doctors should not ignore isolated systolic high blood pressure in younger adults, since it indubitably has implications for their future health,” Lloyd-Jones said.