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Control Midlife Blood Presure to Improve Heart Health
June 2012
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Reduce Your Risk for Heart Disease and Stroke

blood_pressureChanges in blood pressure during middle age can affect the lifetime risk for heart disease and stroke, according to a recent study published in Circulation, the American Heart Association’s weekly journal. Data from nearly 62,000 individuals whose blood pressure readings were tracked for an average of 14 years confirms that people who kept or lowered their blood pressure to normal levels by age 55 had the lowest lifetime risk for heart disease—22 to 41 percent, compared with 42 to 69 percent for those with high blood pressure.