Blood Pressure in Your 30s and 40s Matter

Blood Pressure in Your 30s and 40s Matter

Blood Pressure in Your 30s and 40s Matter:

Blood Pressure in Our 30s and 40s Has Lasting Impact on Brain Health

A new study followed adults from their mid-30s into their early 70s. It shows an association between blood pressure changes in early adulthood and midlife and brain changes at the endpoint of the study.

At what age should we start monitoring people's blood pressure?
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, stroke, and kidney disease.

With around 15-20% of our blood going to the brain, the National Institute of Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), explain that “the blood flow that keeps the brain healthy can, if reduced or blocked, harm this essential organ.”

A recent study, which Medical News Today featured earlier this month, indicates that intensive blood pressure treatment in mid-life - or lowering of systolic blood pressure to below 120 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) - is linked to fewer white matter lesions in the brain in later life...

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