Hypertension / High Blood Pressure
If you're a young adult, chances are good that high blood pressure isn't high on your list of things to worry about. But a 2011 report from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests maybe it should be. They found that nearly 1 in 5 young adults between the ages of 24 and 32 had high blood pressure, also referred to as hypertension.
One of the researchers said that this is an unknown epidemic among young adults because high blood pressure is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States; stroke ranks third.
The best thing you can do to avoid hypertension is to develop or maintain healthy behaviors. Keeping weight under control, eating a healthy diet that is low in saturated fat and salt, getting an hour of exercise at least five days a week, sleeping well, avoiding substance abuse, knowing your family history, and minimizing stress will all help.
Hypertension, a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, affects approximately 1 in 3 adults in the United States, and up to 20 percent of people your age may have undiagnosed high blood pressure.
Having hypertension as a young adult (under age 30) is a serious health concern as well as a predictor for other health problems. It is a good idea to have your blood pressure checked at least once a year, hopefully during an annual physical.
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- Young Adult Advisory Committee
- Katharine Booher, public health education intern
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
For More Information:
Visit our Cardiology Department
See our Reducing the Risk of Heart Disease article.
Reviewed By: Nancy Brown, Ph.D.
Last Reviewed: July 31, 2013