London: More than a third of young people suffer from high blood pressure, thanks to bad diet and binge drinking, according to a survey released Friday. A worrying 35 percent of those aged 16-34 have hypertension, despite the widespread belief that it is an `old age` problem.
The survey also found that one in 10 adults over the age of 55 showed signs of severe or very severe hypertension, putting themselves at serious risk of a heart attack or stroke. Men were found to be higher than women, with three in four classed as having high normal blood pressure or some level of hypertension. Eoin O`Brien, professor at University College Dublin, warned that an increase in BP can lead to significant health problems. "Lack of blood pressure control increases the chances of cardiovascular problems such as strokes, heart attacks or kidney problems." IANS
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