Blood Pressure Control Worsened During COVID Pandemic

Blood pressure control declined in both men and women with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States in 2020, especially among women and older adults, according to a new analysis.

“We know that even small rises in blood pressure increase one’s risk of stroke and other adverse cardiovascular disease events,” lead author Luke J. Laffin, MD, co-director, Center for Blood Pressure Disorders, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, said in a news release.

The researchers say increases in systolic BP among US adults during the COVID-19 pandemic “could signal a forthcoming increase in incident cardiovascular disease mortality.”

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