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Is prehypertension a result of aging?

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You may wonder if high blood pressure happens with aging, but experts say no.

Some populations across the globe have minimal rise in blood pressure with aging. In some parts of Mexico, the South Pacific, and other parts of the world, people have very low salt intake. In these areas, the age-related rise in blood pressure is small compared with the U.S.

From: Prehypertension: Are You at Risk? WebMD Medical Reference

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American Heart Association: "Prehypertension Triples Heart Attack Risk," "How Do I Follow a Healthy Diet."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "What are High Blood Pressure and Prehypertension?"  "Your Guide to Lowering Your Blood Pressure with DASH."

Hypertension : "AHA Scientific Statement: Dietary Approaches to Prevent and Treat Hypertension."

The Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure, , 2003;  vol 289: p 2560. The Journal of the American Medical Association

Reviewed by James Beckerman on January 14, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Heart Association: "Prehypertension Triples Heart Attack Risk," "How Do I Follow a Healthy Diet."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "What are High Blood Pressure and Prehypertension?"  "Your Guide to Lowering Your Blood Pressure with DASH."

Hypertension : "AHA Scientific Statement: Dietary Approaches to Prevent and Treat Hypertension."

The Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure, , 2003;  vol 289: p 2560. The Journal of the American Medical Association

Reviewed by James Beckerman on January 14, 2017

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