Study links early high cholesterol and blood pressure to increased heart disease risk

Dr. Jennifer Ashton discusses what to know about a new study that found high cholesterol and blood pressure before the age of 40 were linked to an increased risk of heart disease later in life.
1:51 | 07/17/19

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alert and it's a wake-up call for young adults. A new study finds that high cholesterol and high blood pressure before the age of 40 dramatically increases your risk of heart disease later in life. Dr. Jennifer Ashton is here with more. A little surprise they need a study for this. This makes common sense. It is and here's the study that appeared in the journal of cardiology and followed them for 17 years and wanted to ask the question, if a younger adult has risk factors for like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, do they actually have an increased risk for heart disease later in life? No surprise, the answer was yes. They found if you have an ldl which is a bad cholesterol greater than 100, which is -- that's the cutoff and blood pressure that's greater than 130 over 80, you can have as high as a 64% increase risk of heart disease later in life. Also the data found that when it comes to medical issues with young adults they're primarily concerned about prevention and insurance. Well, right, and I think this is where we need to shift our paradigm here in this country between how we look at health care and medicine, not just treating disease but preventing that disease and in younger age groups we know two-thirds of this country is either overweight or obese and have risk farnths for heart disease and stroke but may not be plugged into a system because they're thinking, I'm young, I don't have to worry about it and not aware of what the screening is and get missed. What could evacuate should you do if you're a young adult? Recommendation, be screened for blood pressure check starting at age 18. Every three to five years in normal up until the age of 39 and annually thereafter. Cholesterol, very easy to do with a simple blood test. You do not have to be fasting. When you go for your well check up ask for these things. All right, Jen, thanks so over now to Amy.

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