Medical students prone to high rates of hypertension

A study at one US medical school is raising concerns

Medical students may be more than twice as likely to have hypertension than their peers, a study at one US medical school suggests.

Stressed female medical student at ward round

Examining 213 first- and second-year medical students, researchers from the Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee, found that 17.8% of them had stage 2 hypertension as defined by US guidelines.

In contrast, the prevalence of stage 2 hypertension (blood pressure greater than 140/90mmHg) in the general population was 7.5% for people aged 18-39, the researchers noted.