How can young people's blood pressure predict their health as they age?

High blood pressure in a young person is can be a concern for their long-term health. High blood pressure (BP), or hypertension, may not cause a young person any symptoms. However, continuous high BP eventually harms your internal organs, especially the heart, kidneys and brain. If high BP is untreated, symptoms gradually develop as you age.
Troy L. Randle, DO
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
A young person's diastolic blood pressure can be an indicator of heart health with age. If diastolic blood pressure is elevated and not controlled when a person is younger, this can indicate two things. One, the heart and arterial vessels are not relaxing as well, which is going to lead to stiffness and can be a precursor towards having heart failure or other heart problems later in life. The other is it may be a precursor to elevated systolic blood pressure later in life.
 
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