Higher blood pressures throughout young adulthood strongly predicted subclinical atherosclerosis during middle age.
This was a study done over 25 years and it followed participant’s blood pressure and cardiovascular events. The findings show that what happens in early adulthood DOES appear to be an important indicator of that person’s risk for heart disease in the future.
This reminds me that even slightly elevated blood pressure in younger patients is a condition to watch and manage. Blood pressure is a good marker to show patient’s who may benefit from lifestyle changes. The goal is to reduce cardiovascular risk and complications later on.
Blood pressure goals are under 135/85. Both numbers are important. Do you know yours?