Researchers Say Study Points Out ‘Missed Opportunities’ to Prevent Heart Disease
Researchers say they found that high systolic pressure -- the blood pressure when the heart contracts -- is a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease and its complications in middle-aged and older women.
Doctors say 36% of serious cardiovascular events such as heart attacks and strokes are preventable by lowering blood pressure in women, compared to only 24% in men.
For the study, investigators
examined data on 9,357 adults in 11 countries in Europe, Asia, and
They report that three major risk factors account for 85% of the modifiable risk for heart disease in men and women -- high systolic (the top number) blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking. And high systolic pressure is the most important risk factor, according to the researchers. (Read the entire article)
High systolic blood pressure appears to be a substantial
risk factor for cardiovascular events in women middle-aged and older, and many
of these events are potentially preventable with lowered blood pressure,
according to research published online Jan.
Jan. 25 (HealthDay News) -- High systolic blood
pressure (BP) appears to be a substantial risk factor for cardiovascular events
in women middle-aged and older, and many of these events are potentially
preventable with lowered BP, according to research published online Jan.
M.D., of the Universidad de