SBP better predicts CVD in black young adult patients

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  • Systolic blood pressure (SBP) is a better predictor of cardiovascular disease (CVD) than diastolic blood pressure (DBP) for black patients younger than 50 y, unlike their white counterparts.

Why this matters

  • "One size may not fit all" in clinical blood pressure management; young black adults with high SBP and young white adults with high DBP could benefit from different therapeutic strategies for preventing premature CVD events.

Study design

  • Researchers studied a community-based cohort of black and white patients (N=4880), measuring blood pressure both at baseline and 15 y and tracking incident CVD events including coronary heart disease, stroke, heart failure, and other vascular diseases.
  • Funding: National Heart...