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Even Slightly Higher BP May Raise Stroke Risk

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

High blood pressure has long been pegged as a risk factor for stroke, but a new analysis suggests that even slightly elevated blood pressure levels raise the odds of suffering a stroke. The sweeping review analyzed data from 760,000 study participants who were followed for up to 36 years. The researchers found that people with “prehypertension” — higher-than-optimal blood pressure not officially defined as high blood pressure — were 66 percent more likely to experience a stroke than those with normal blood pressure. “This meta-analysis confirms evidence from many studies, and I think it continues to warn physicians and the public that more vigorous control of blood pressure is important for reducing stroke risk,” said Dr. Ralph Sacco, chairman of neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, who was not involved in the research. “The findings confirm that even mild to moderate levels of elevated blood pressure are important for determining stroke risk.” Source:  www.webmd.com “Even Slightly Higher BP May Raise Stroke Risk” March 12, 2014   727 East Jefferson Blvd. South Bend, IN 46614...

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