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A Slight Increase In BP Can Mean big Risks

by Medindia Content Team on  March 19, 2004 at 1:14 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
A Slight Increase In BP Can Mean big Risks
Women who have already had a heart attack or stroke, even slightly raised blood pressure levels can give a higher risk of having another cardiac event . The finding holds true even in the case of women who have only slightly elevated blood pressure to begin with say researchers.
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The increased risk kicked in when the systolic pressure rose to 130, the number considered by doctors to represent borderline-high blood pressure. Those with readings between 130 and 139 were about 28 percent more likely to have another heart problem as those with readings in the 120-129 range.

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For the study more than 5,000 female health professionals who all had cardiovascular events in the past were followed for about six-and-a-half years. During that time, researchers found a 9-percent increased risk for another cardiac event for every 10 millimeters of mercury increase in systolic blood pressure -- the top number in a blood pressure reading.
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