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Health Exchange: Fixing two key health issues in early adulthood can drastically reduce your risk of heart disease

Elevated blood pressure and cholesterol levels in young adulthood may lead to an increased risk of coronary heart disease later in life, according to research published Tuesday in the peer-reviewed Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

The researchers examined data from 36,030 adult participants and followed up with these adults over a period of 17 years. There were 4,570 incident coronary heart disease, 5,119 heart failure events and 2,862 stroke events among the sample.

‘Young adulthood is a critical period when high blood pressure or cholesterol are particularly harmful.’

—Andrew Moran, associate professor at Columbia University

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