Alterations in BP During Middle Age Can Effect Future Health Risks

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Many individuals today are now suffering from various diseases which involve the heart and the blood vessels. The number of incidences where individuals are going into emergency departments to have medical check-ups and treatment for their cardiovascular diseases have remained steady and high for the past decades. For this reason, many researchers and health care professionals are investing their time and effort in conducting further studies on how to lessen cardiovascular health risk. Also, researchers are making their focus intensive on the deeper understanding of the disease process in order to achieve results which can help the general population prevent the development of the said group of diseases.


In fact, according to a new study, changes noted on blood pressure readings during middle age can have significant impact on the cardiovascular health risks of an individual in the future. The researchers conducted the study in order to determine the impact of blood pressure changes during middle age to the lifetime risk of cardiovascular diseases.


The new study which was published in the Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association involved the analysis and examination of data gathered from about almost 62,000 study participants who were included in the Cardiovascular Lifetime Risk Pooling Project. The said study participants had a mid-point age of about 55 years.


The researchers first obtain an initial blood pressure reading of the study participants. 14 years after, researchers had followed and monitored the blood pressure readings of the study participants until they reached age 55. Further monitoring of the blood pressure of the participants was done until such time that the study participants had their first cardiovascular disease.


Researchers found out that those individuals who had either maintained or decreased their blood pressure readings during middle age (55 years) had a lowered health risk for cardiovascular diseases of about 22 per cent to 41 per cent. On the other hand, those study participants who were determined to have increased blood pressure during the middle age had as well an increase risk of developing CVD which is tantamount to about 42 to 69 per cent increase risk.


Moreover, according to Norrina Allen, Ph.D., lead author of the study and assistant professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Allen said: “taking blood pressure changes into account can provide more accurate estimates for lifetime risk of cardiovascular disease, and it can help us predict individualized risk, and thus, individualized prevention strategies.”





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