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Better Blood Pressure, Longer Life?

Study: Normal Midlife Blood Pressure Lengthened Life by 5 Years

Then and Now

The data were gathered decades ago, in the 1950s and 1960s.

Back then, blood pressure control in the U.S. was "poor," say the researchers.

Times have changed. Still, the researchers say the study shows what can happen if high blood pressure doesn't get appropriate treatment.

More studies should be done of people who are treated, they say.

'Solid Evidence'

The findings are "solid evidence" about the life-lengthening, heart-protecting benefits of curbing high blood pressure. So says Athanase Benetos, MD, PhD, in a journal editorial.

Benetos is an internal medicine and geriatrics professor at France's Centre de Gériatrie CHU-Nancy and INSERM U684.

To-Do List

Your health care provider can help you get started on the right path. The first step: Get tested. Learn your blood pressure numbers, and take it from there.

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