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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.

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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