Young adults with higher than normal blood pressure may be setting themselves up for heart problems down the line. Researchers at the University of San Francisco studied the medical records of 3500 adults ages 18 to 30 who were followed for 20 years.
They found those with pre-hypertension, meaning that they had elevated levels but not enough to be diagnosed with high blood pressure, were more likely to have calcium in their heart arteries later in life. Patients with a low income and no college education, or those with postgraduate education and high income, were twice as likely to have pre-hypertension.
Researchers say lowering blood pressure early in life through diet, exercise, and weight control, is recommended.