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Long-term Blood Pressure Patterns Predict Later Disease

Blood pressure trajectories in young adulthood predict coronary artery calcification later in life.

Blood pressures that are elevated at 25 years old and continue rising throughout young adulthood strongly predict subclinical atherosclerosis during middle age. Participants with elevated and increasing blood pressure profiles over the 25 year follow-up experienced 3.7 times the risk of coronary artery calcification at age 50 when compared to those who had low and stable pressures. 

PositiveTip: Lifestyle changes to reduce blood pressure during young adulthood can reduce risks later in life.