The Los Angeles Times (11/22, Roan) "Booster Shots" blog reports that "high blood pressure in early adulthood spells future heart problems and that it shouldn't be ignored," according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Investigators "followed almost 19,000 male students from Harvard who had their blood pressure measured when they entered college between 1914 and 1952." Participants "also responded to a health questionnaire mailed in the 1960s when they were an average age of almost 46."
HealthDay (11/22, Preidt) reports that "the researchers then looked at death certificates issued for participants until the end of 1998."
MedPage Today (11/22, Ullman) reports that participants "with prehypertension and stage 1 and 2 hypertension had an elevated risk of all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease mortality, and coronary heart disease mortality." The investigators found that, "even after adjusting for middle-age hypertension, researchers found that the mortality risk was 'somewhat attenuated,' but the pattern remained."
HeartWire (11/22, Wood) reports that "One surprise, however...was that stroke mortality was not significantly increased among those with elevated blood pressure decades earlier."
POSTED BY: Steven Almany M.D.