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Blood pressure in young adults may predict heart disease

Having elevated or rising blood pressure in young adulthood may signal a higher risk for heart disease in middle age, a study by researchers at Northwestern University found.

The researchers analyzed blood pressure patterns of about 5,000 men and women who were ages 18 to 30 at the start of the study and had readings taken eight times over 25 years. At the end of the study, nearly 3,500 participants were scanned for calcium buildup in their coronary arteries, which is a risk factor for heart attacks.

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