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Pressure Building

Doctors discover that prehypertension now could mean a heart attack later.

Annual blood-pressure checks are crucial as you age, Dr. Richard W. Nesto says.
Annual blood-pressure checks are crucial as you age, Dr. Richard W. Nesto says. (Globe Staff Photo / Pat Greenhouse) Globe Staff Photo / Pat Greenhouse
By Erin O'Donnell
December 4, 2005

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It used to be that you either had high blood pressure or you didn't. Now, doctors advise people in their 40s to watch for prehypertension, or blood-pressure readings in the high-normal range, between 120/80 mmHg and 140/90 mmHg. A study in the journal Stroke this summer showed that people with these slightly elevated readings have three times the risk of ... (Full article: 682 words)

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