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Young people at risk: High blood pressure's hidden dangers

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Author: Daria Shekina

Increased pressure and excess low-density lipoproteins affect health as you age. Scientists have found that the most common heart arrhythmia worldwide is atrial fibrillation (AF) and it is closely linked to vascular diseases, especially stroke.

Why high pressure can be dangerous for young people, tells RBC-Ukraine, according to a study published in the journal PLOS One.

Scientists from the University of New South Wales in Australia have found that hypertension in people aged 55 and younger increases the risk of heart attack and stroke as the body ages. Moreover, lowering blood pressure later in life does not eliminate risks.

Monitoring blood pressure and cholesterol levels is not a priority for many young people. That is, until a certain age, they simply do not pay attention to these parameters of their health and practically start thinking about measuring pressure only after problems have already arisen.

Researchers conducted a study involving nearly 300 individuals under the age of 55 to determine how increased pressure and excess low-density lipoproteins affect health as you age.

In 40% of participants, levels of low-density lipoproteins in the blood were measured, in 135,000 - systolic blood pressure, and in the rest - the risk of developing ischemic heart disease was assessed.

The analysis showed that higher systolic blood pressure and concentration of low-density lipoproteins in those aged 55 and younger may increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases, stroke, and heart attack. However, high blood pressure therapy can reduce the risk of disease. Even reducing by 5 mm Hg. Art. leads to a decrease in the risk by about 10%.

Researchers also stated that attempts to lower pressure later in life, and thus improve health, are ineffective for preventing cardiovascular diseases.

Also, we reported on why high pressure can cause dangerous arrhythmia.