Many people are aware that hypertension (high blood pressure) can lead to a variety of heart complications including heart disease. However, new research is showing that both increases and decreases in blood pressure can also have an adverse affect on the heart.
Any Change in Blood Pressure Can Increase Heart Disease Risk
In recent studies researchers discovered that people who maintain or lowered blood pressure to normal levels by the age of 55 had the lowest risk of heart disease – between 22% and 41%. Comparatively, Those who have high blood pressure by the time they reach age 55 had a 42% to 69% chance of developing heart disease over their lifetime.
According to the studies, it appears as though avoiding high blood pressure in middle age or delaying the start of increased blood pressure can have a significant impact on heart disease risk. The study shows that even if your blood pressure is normal later in life, having high blood pressure before the age of 55 can increase your risk of developing heart disease.
This study shows the importance of maintaining a heart healthy lifestyle, which includes a eating a balanced and healthy diet, performing regular exercise, and keeping stress levels low throughout our life. Allowing our blood pressure to get out of control for even a period of time can increase our risk of developing heart disease.