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Many Young Adults May Have High Blood Pressure

Study Shows Nearly 19% of Young Adults May Have Hypertension

Staying Vigilant About Hypertension

George Bakris, MD, a professor of medicine and the director of the Hypertension Center at the University of Chicago, says that "the new prevalence rate is alarming because many young adults don’t even know they have a problem," he says. "Given the high salt and fat intake and tendency toward sedentary lifestyle, [the prevalence] is not a surprise."

"Young adults and families of young adults should be more vigilant and aware of their blood pressure," he says.

This starts with getting a proper measurement and finding out whether or not there is problem.

"This problem is easily fixable if young adults are willing to alter their lifestyle," he says. Typically young adults may be able to control high blood pressure with lifestyle changes such as reducing sodium intake and losing weight. It’s worth it, he says. "Keeping your blood pressure down through your teen years can delay risk of heart attack or stroke by 10 to 15 years."

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