Research: 20-something and have low blood pressure? You might fall prey to cardiac dysfunction


According to a new research, it has been discovered that high blood pressure in younger years can cause cardiac diseases and heart failure later on in life.

The research was conducted by Dr. Joao A.C. Lima, member of the cardiology division at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.

In 1985, a total of 2,479 women and men were chosen between the ages of 18 and 30, and for the next 25 years their blood pressure was recorded seven times. By the age of 50, 135 of the participants had weaker hearts that were incapable of effectively pumping blood to the body, a condition known as cardiac dysfunction.

Hence, it was concluded that those people who had a blood pressure of between 120/80 to 139/89 in their 20s were at a greater risk of left cardiac dysfunction as compared to others – as stated in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Furthermore it was also found out that at least three percent people under the age of 18 have a high blood pressure and those who are obese are especially at high risk of heart failure in their 50s.

A healthy blood pressure is usually considered below 120 millimeters of Mercury systolic over 80 mm Hg diastolic; if you blood pressure exceeds, it can cause scarring of the arteries, which would eventually lead to heart failure.

Some ways to control blood pressure include regular exercise, control of salt intake and weight control.