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A Life Course Approach to Chronic Disease Epidemiology$
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Diana Kuh, Yoav Ben Shlomo, and Susser Ezra

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198578154

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198578154.001.0001

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A life course approach to blood pressure

A life course approach to blood pressure

(p.218) Chapter 9 A life course approach to blood pressure
A Life Course Approach to Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Diana Kuh

Yoav Ben-Shlomo

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses blood pressure and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. Topics discussed include blood pressure as a risk factor for CVD, the emergence of adult patterns of blood pressure, factors influencing blood pressure in middle age, and factors that may act at specific points in the life course with long-term effects on blood pressure. Blood pressure in middle and later life is the main influence on CVD risk. The chapter reviews the role of body mass index, alcohol, sodium, and potassium intake. It concludes that fetal influence on blood pressure is small compared to factors acting in later life.

Keywords:   middle age, blood pressure, risk factors, heart disease, cardiovascular disease

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