High blood pressure
is an issue among young people as well as old, a recent study has revealed.
Conducted by Lloyds Pharmacy, the research found that 35 per cent of people aged between 16 and 34 years of age, had high blood pressure readings.
For four per cent of these young people, the readings showed 'severe' or 'very severe' hypertension.
The condition is the main risk factor for stroke and a major risk factor in the development of kidney disease, heart failure and heart attacks, the Blood Pressure Association said.
Sue Massey, deputy executive director of the charity, commented: "Although the numbers surveyed here are too small to apply to the UK population, this research still highlights that high blood pressure isn't just an 'older person's' condition and that younger people need to be aware of their blood pressure health too."
She added that maintaining a healthy level of blood pressure during youth can reduce the risk of more serious consequences later in life.