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- High Blood Pressure In Women Is More Deadly Than Men, 16 Years Of Research On 12,329 Women And Men
One hour agoAuthor: Nicolas Bacalar
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Reduced risk factors for heart disease in women.
Women with high blood pressure (hypertension) have a significantly increased risk of arterial disease and early death after the age of 40 compared to men. This has come to the fore in a study that lasted 16 years in Norway. Scientists started this study in 1992 on 12,329 men and women. The average age of the participants then was 41 years. For the next 16 years, their blood pressure and heart health were monitored. Its results are now out.
At the start of the study, women were much less likely to have high BP than men. 25% of women and 35% of men had stage-1 blood pressure. The American Heart Association considers this normal. 14% of women and 31% of men had stage-2 hypertension (140/90). Women also had lower risk factors for heart disease.
Sometime later, 1.4% of women and 5.7% of men were hospitalized or died of heart disease. The scientists were shocked that women who had normal blood pressure at the beginning of the study were more than twice as likely to develop heart disease later as men.