According to a recent study published in the Journal of The American College of Cardiology, paying close attention to your morning blood pressure could be the first step in preventing coronary artery disease (CAD) later in life. A group of researchers, led by cardiologist Dr. Valentin Fuster, set out to understand the relation between a person’s home blood pressure (HBP) and CAD. More importantly, their goal was to see which type of BP is a stronger indicator of future disease.
The methods typically used to monitor blood pressure involve the patient taking a reading in the morning – usually at home – followed by a clinic visit, where a doctor will do the same. These findings suggest that the superior predictors for CAD are the out-of-office blood pressures: “Morning HBP is a strong predictor of future CAD events,” concludes the study, “as well as stroke events, and may be superior to blood pressure measurements used in the clinic in this regard.”
This type of evidence is vital for those who suffer from high blood pressure and/or hypertension. Like many ailments, the key message here is prevention. Watching how your BP trends in the morning is essential, instead of relying on visits to the doctor later in the day.
Statistics from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute reveal that 370,000 Americans die each year from CAD. Through understanding and listening to your body, the path to true health doesn’t have to take decades. You can take action now.
- About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2009 were in men
- Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most common type of heart disease, killing over 370,000 people annually
- Every year about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 525,000 are a first heart attack and 210,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack.
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