AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 28, Number 2, 2019

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High Blood Pressure Poses Risk of Heart/Stroke Events for People Under Age 40

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The study is the first to assess risks for younger people using new blood pressure guidelines

People younger than age 40 who have high blood pressure are at increased risk of heart failure, strokes and blood vessel blockages as they age, according to a study led by Duke Health.

The study, which used new guidelines issued in 2017 that lowered the clinical definition of high blood pressure from earlier levels, suggests that identifying and treating the condition in younger people might have long-term benefit.

“This is a first step in assessing whether high blood pressure, as defined by the new criteria, is something that younger people should be concerned about as a potential precursor to serious problems,” said lead author Yuichiro Yano, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Community & Family Medicine at Duke.

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