Managing Blood Pressure Now Pays Big Benefits Later

Recent studies show the long-term effects of controlling your blood pressure with medication and a healthy lifestyle.

Its the condition that is often overlooked or taken less seriously because it doesnt have obvious symptoms. But high blood pressure must be controlled as early as possible, according to two new studies. One study published in the Dec. 19, 2011 online issue of Circulation found that preventing hypertension by age 55 significantly lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease later in life. A separate study, published in the Dec. 21 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, revealed that chlorthalidone-based therapy can prolong life. Chlorthalidone is a commonly prescribed diuretic.
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