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
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.
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.
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