Women's BP rises more rapidly through life than previously thought

Study challenges prevailing belief about gender differences in cardiac health

Women experience steeper rises in blood pressure throughout life than men, a new study suggests, upending the notion that vascular disease processes in women lag behind men by 10-20 years.

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The findings also suggest that such hypertensive changes could begin in early adulthood and dictate the development of cardiovascular disease in later life, researchers say.

Writing in JAMA Cardiology, a team led by the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, US, analysed longitudinal blood pressure measurements from almost 33,000 participants (54