Blood Pressure Levels May Predict Cardiovascular Disease Risk
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Blood Pressure Levels May Predict Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Authored by Sudha naidu on 31 May 2014 - 14:12

Hypertension has been linked to a number of health conditions- both cardiovascular and lifestyle related, and now, a new study has found how blood pressure levels could also be helpful in predicting the risk of different cardiovascular diseases.

Individual having higher systolic blood pressures (the blood pressure when the heart contracts) have a greater risk of being affected by intracerebral hemorrhage (stroke caused due to bleeding of brain tissue) and subarachnoid hemorrhage (serious form of stroke), while those having raised diastolic blood pressure (blood pressure when the heart relaxes) may have an increased risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm (ballooning of the aorta of the abdomen).

"Our findings do not support the widely held assumptions that systolic and diastolic pressure have similar strong associations with the occurrence of all cardiovascular diseases across a wide age range," lead investigator Dr Eleni Rapsomaniki from The Farr Institute for Health Informatics Research, London, UK, explained.

Researchers used electronic health records from over 1.25 million patients from the study, and calculated the lifetime risk of specific cardiovascular diseases using high blood pressure levels. The findings show that the lifetime burden of hypertension is substantial.

The researchers conclude by stressing importance on patient counselling, improved decision making and introducing new strategies to improve antihypertensive treatment to reduce global cardiovascular risk. 

 

Reference: Journal: The Lancet- Systolic and diastolic blood pressures predict risk of different cardiovascular diseases

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