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high blood pressureHigh blood pressure is known as the silent killer. Now, that studies show younger people are affected it can be even more of a surprise when doctors discover a patient has high blood pressure. Patients considering procedures such as breast reduction or abdominoplasty may be surprised to learn that they are at risk for high blood pressure especially if they are overweight. Patients who have their blood pressure under control with medication and/or diet may still be cleared for plastic surgery procedures. As the population affected by high blood pressure increases it is inevitable that it will affect patients considering plastic surgery. According to ABC 7 a new study suggests more young people need to be concerned about high blood pressure.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill followed 14,000 kids from adolescence to adulthood. They found the number of young adults with high blood pressure is close to one in five, or 19 percent.

That’s much higher than previous estimates of about 4 percent.

Researchers believe the increase can be attributed largely to the obesity epidemic in America, combined with a diet high in sodium-laden processed foods and very little exercise. To make things worse, most of the 24 to 32 year olds in the study had no idea there was a problem.


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