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Prehypertension Triples Heart Attack Risk

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Heart Attack Risk

People with prehypertension are at much higher risk of heart attack and heart disease, according to a study published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

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"If we were to eliminate prehypertension, we could potentially prevent about 47 percent of all heart attacks," said the study's lead author Adnan I. Qureshi, M.D., professor and director of the Cerebrovascular Program in the Zeenat Qureshi Stroke Research Center at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark.

Normal blood pressure is lower than 120/80 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg).

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