The Best Blood Pressure Predictor for Cardiovascular Disease is the Mid-BP
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
See Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults
(CARDIA) study, reported in Family Practice News, Feb. 15, 2014, p. 18-19.