Pre-hypertension defined as new category of stroke risk

02/3/2005 | Medscape (free registration)

Pre-hypertension, including systolic pressures between 120 and 139 mm Hg and diastolic pressures between 80 and 89 mm Hg, has been defined as a new category of risk for stroke by researchers with the Black Pooling Project. The researchers say those with pre-hypertension levels, including Caucasians and blacks, have double the risk of stroke compared to people with lower blood pressure levels.

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