Heart Beat: April 2011
Middle-aged women could significantly reduce their risk of developing cardiovascular disease just by lowering their blood pressure, according to a report in the January issue of Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers found that high systolic blood pressure is a "powerful" risk factor for cardiovascular complications in middle-aged and older women. The proportion of potentially reversible and preventable heart disease is about 36 percent in women, but only 24 percent in men, as measured by a 24-hour systolic blood pressure-monitoring device. The study, which included investigators in 11 countries, followed more than 9,000 adults for more than 11 years.