Simple health issues in youth can multiply your heart risk later
With high stress levels and neglected lifestyle, you’d think that high blood pressure and irregulated cholesterol is fast becoming a common health phenomena. Right? While what you are thinking may partially be true, what isn’t in line is people expecting it to be so common, that it ceases to be dangerous. A new study conducted by the American College of Cardiology reveals that for those who fail to effectively manage it in their initial years are able to fight off coronory heart issues later in life. The study analysed more than 36,000 people.
According to one of the lead researchers, Andrew Moran, who is the associate professor at Columbia University, young adulthood is a crucial period, when health issues like high blood pressure and cholesterol are extremely harmful. However, those who learn to maintain a healthy lifestyle to combat them have substantial health benefits throughout their life.
The researcher also highlighted the issues of why young adults mostly fail to get diagnosed on time, which makes it difficult to handle the problems.
Talking about the risks, the authors of the study stated that elevated levels of bad cholesterol or low density lipoprotein in young adulthood raises heart disease risk by 64 per cent. And a continued high systolic blood pressure, which is the pressure experienced in the arteries when heart muscles contract, and diastolic blood pressure, the pressure when the heart rests between heart beats, were linked to increased risk of heart failure by 37 and 21 per cent respectively.
While high BP and high cholesterol were not independently linked to the risk of stroke in young adults, however, raised levels of systolic and diastolic played a role in predicting the risk of stroke.
Those who have a genetic predisposition to the two health conditions need more monitoring and may also require them to take lipid lowering drugs and cholesterol lowering drugs. It may not be resolved completely simply with diet and exercise.
Source: Times of India