Study shows 19 percent of young adults have high blood pressure. NIH-funded analysis indicates higher risk for young adults than previously believed.With more than 65 million Americans suffering from the effects of high blood pressure (HBP), it is critical to understand the basics in order to be able to better control the disease. This is even more urgent, since recent research shows that young adults have HBP in increasing numbers.
The new study—which took blood pressure readings of more than 14,000 men and women between 24 and 32 years of age—revealed a higher percentage of high blood pressure readings than results from a previous major study, according to Steven Hirschfeld, Associate Director for Clinical Research for the NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The previous study (NHANES) reported high blood pressure in 4 percent of adults 20 to 39 years of age.
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