Age plays major role in blood pressure changes

(HealthExpress) — 30% of the UK’s population suffers from high blood pressure, which can cause potentially lethal infarctions, and a recent study shows the changes occur over specific periods of time.

Researchers from the Medical Research Council Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing, from the University College London, analysed test samples from a number of studies, a total of over 30,000 individuals with varying ages conducted in the United Kingdom – specifically marking blood pressure levels which had been taken multiple times.

They found that during humans’ lifetimes, blood pressure changed in four dynamic ways. Firstly an increase during young adulthood, then gradually reduces at its second stage afterwards. The third phase then starts during midlife, presenting a faster increase, before finally increasing gradually again during older ages. Essentially an overall increase in blood pressure from youth to old age.


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