Heart disease predictor

Inconsistent blood pressure in 20s and 30s could indicate heart disease later in your life.
heart disease predictor and critical illness insurance

Inconsistent blood pressure in 20s and 30s could indicate future heart disease.*

“A 15 percent higher risk is significant and a reason that someone in their 30s or 40s should look into a nominal critical illness insurance policy,”

Jesse Slome, director of the American Association of Critical Illness Insurance

New heart disease predictor can help you plan

Researchers report that inconsistent blood pressure readings in your 20s and 30s may be an indicator of cardiovascular disease later in life. 

The study published in Jama sought to determine whether blood pressure from young adulthood to midlife is associated with cardiovascular disease.

The researchers studied 3,394 participants. Slightly more than half were women. Blood pressure was measured three times at an initial exam. They were measured again at two, five, seven and 10 years later. Ten years into the study, the average age of participants was 35. Three percent of the participants were taking anti hypertensive medication.

Of the study participants, 54 percent were white and 46 percent were African American. Data was collected from March 1985 through August 2015 and analyzed from June through October 2019.

Analysis found that a 3.6-mm spike in blood pressure during young adulthood was associated with a 15 percent higher risk of cardiovascular disease events in later years. “A 15 percent higher risk is significant and a reason that someone in their 30s or 40s should look into a nominal critical illness insurance policy,” shares Jesse Slome, director of the ci insurance industry association. “Consider this a powerful heart disease predictor that gives you insight and an advantage when it comes to planning your financial security.”

The researchers suggest that assessing visit-to-visit systolic blood pressure variability could help identify at-risk young adults.

Systolic blood pressure is the top number. It represents the amount of pressure in your arteries while your heart muscle is contracting.

90 percent survive a heart attack

“You are likely to survive a heart attack. But you will take time off from work to recover,” Slome shares. “How will you pay rent or your mortgage?” A Harvard report shares that 90 percent survive heart attacks.

A modest critical illness insurance policy can provide $10,000 to as much as $25,000 immediately following a qualifying heart attack diagnosis. “Use the money to pay for health care and recovery costs not covered by your health insurance,” Slome notes. Use the Association’s instant Cost Calculator to see estimates for costs.

Tips for heart attacks and critical illness insurance planning

Firstly men and women over 40 should read more about what is critical illness insurance?

Secondly, heart attack is only one health risk. At younger ages learn the benefits of an affordable cancer insurance option.

Thirdly, read tips to better compare critical illness insurance coverage. Significantly there are differences between policies. Access our helpful tips to save money.

* Healthline, April 21, 2020

Equally important, here are additional tips for consumers.
Firstly, learn more about long-term care insurance if you are between 50 and 60. Visit the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance website for information.
Secondly, adults turning 65 can find Local Medicare Agents using the American Association for Medicare Supplement Insurance‘s free online lookup.

Learn about heart attack symptoms

They include pressure, tightness, pain, or a squeezing or aching sensation in your chest or arms that may spread to your neck, jaw or back. Other signs are nausea, indigestion or abdominal pain. Signs also are shortness of breath, cold sweat and fatigue. If you experience any of these symptoms call for emergency help.

Fourthly, learn more about cancer risks.
Finally, try to live a more healthy lifestyle. Undeniably it’s the most important thing you can do.

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