Cleveland Clinic: Blood Pressure Up Due To Pandemic


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(Cleveland) - A study done by Cleveland Clnic, and published today in the medial journal Circulation, found significant increases in blood pressure readings at the height of the pandemic.

The study looked at 450,000 people from all 50 states and Washington DC. Cleveland Clinic and Quest Diagnostics researchers look at information from an annual employer-sponsored wellness program. There was a significant increase in blood pressures from April through December of last year, when many states had stay-at-home orders in place.

The study's author, Luke Laffin, M.D., says poor diet, inactivity, and lack of sleep, along with other lifestyle changes, such as stress, all increase blood pressure.

Others involved in the study are quick to point out that the rise in blood pressure can make many more Americans at risk for cardiovascular problems. They may be at risk and not even know it.

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