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High BP risk in mid-life can be predicted in childhood

Fri, Oct 09, 2015, 11:38 AM
London, Oct 9: Researchers have marked a number of factors that can help identify young people who are at risk of developing high blood pressure by around age 38.

"These included being male, having a family history of high blood pressure, being first born and being born lower birthweight,” said lead study author Reremoana Theodore from University of Otago in New Zealand.

"This new information is useful for screening purposes to help clinicians identify young people who may develop high blood pressure later in adulthood," Theodore said.

The findings are based on data from a study, which has tracked more than a 1,000 people born in New Zealand's Dunedin city in 1972-1973 from birth to the present.

The research was published in the international journal Hypertension.
Agency: IANS

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