youths iStockphoto American children may be in the midst of a blood pressure problem. A new study from the American Heart Association shows that over the past 13 years, children and adolescents have seen stark rises in their risk for high blood pressure. That could set them up for a lifetime of stroke, heart disease and kidney failure. “High blood pressure is dangerous in part because many people don’t know they have it,” study author Dr. Bernard Rosner, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass., said in a statement .
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Finance Sat, Aug 24, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT – U.S. Markets closed Can Debt Raise Your Blood Pressure? By Brandon Ballenger | Money Talks News Tue, Aug 20, 2013 7:39 PM EDT Print High debt can mean high blood pressure, a new study from Northwestern University says at least for young adults. Researchers used data on 8,400 young adults, ages 24-32, to examine associations between debt and health. Heres what it found: 20 percent of participants said they would still be in debt even if they liquidated all assets. A high debt-to-asset ratio was associated with high perceived stress (12 percent higher than average), depression (13 percent higher) and worse self-reported general health. Those with high debt had a 1.3 percent increase in diastolic blood pressure compared with the average which is a bigger deal than it might sound.
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Can Debt Raise Your Blood Pressure?
That increased to a remarkable 80 percent, well above the national average, the researchers said. The research involved Kaiser Permanente in Northern California, a network of 21 hospitals and 73 doctors’ offices, which makes coordinating treatment easier than in independent physicians’ offices. The number of heart attacks and strokes among Northern California members fell substantially during roughly the same time as the 2001-09 study. Dr. Marc Jaffe, the lead author and leader of a Kaiser heart disease risk reduction program, said it’s impossible to know if the blood pressure program can be credited for those declines, but he thinks it at least contributed. Reductions continued even after the study ended; in 2011, 87 percent of roughly 350,000 Kaiser patients had recommended blood pressure levels. The study was published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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