Connect

Member Research and Reports

Member Research and Reports

Northwestern Study: Heart Disease Warning Signs Appear as Early as 18

Elevated blood pressure as young as age 18 is a warning sign of cardiovascular disease developing later in life and the time to begin prevention, according to a large national Northwestern Medicine study. That’s decades earlier than clinicians and patients generally start thinking about heart disease risk. The study also found distinct blood pressure patterns from ages 18 to 55 that reveal people at high risk for calcification of coronary arteries – a marker for heart disease – by middle age. Also known as hardening of the arteries, these calcium deposits can narrow coronary arteries and increase heart attack risk.