Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Best Blood Pressure Predictor for Cardiovascular Disease is the Mid-BP

Investigators showed that even minor elevations of blood pressure in patients age 18-30 years was strongly associated with coronary artery calcification 25 years later.  Interestingly, the best predictor of future problems was the mid-BP, which is defined as the mean of the systolic and diastolic blood pressures.  This calculation is new, and might change the way we evaluate the risk of elevated blood pressure.
See Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study, reported in Family Practice News, Feb. 15, 2014, p. 18-19.

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