A new study finds that if you get blood pressure checked at an emergency room, you may be at an increased risk of heart disease.
Researchers studied more than 5,000 people who had had a stroke and had had their blood pressure tested at a local emergency room.
Those with high blood pressure were more likely to have heart disease compared to people with low blood pressure.
The results were published in the journal Circulation.
“There is a growing body of evidence that suggests that people with elevated blood pressure, especially among those who have a stroke, may be more at risk for cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and stroke,” said lead author Michael K. O’Connell, a clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
“Our study provides additional evidence that people who are at increased risk for these events should be screened at the hospital.”
O’Donnell’s study compared people who were in the emergency room and those who had a cardiac arrest.
People who had heart attack were more than three times more likely than those with stroke to have high blood pressures.
High blood pressure was also associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular events including stroke.
“For many people, the diagnosis of high blood or blood pressure may be misleading because of the lack of clinical data,” O’Connor said.
“If we don’t know how to detect high blood, we can’t make any recommendations about how to prevent high blood.
People with high or elevated blood pressures need to be screened regularly for these conditions, and people should be monitored for any other cardiovascular risk factors such as high cholesterol, diabetes or obesity.”
In the study, people who tested positive for high blood were more at increased than low risk of cardiac events, but the risk of strokes was lower.
O”n a state like New Jersey, there are a lot of people who have heart attacks who are treated at a rural emergency room,” O`Connell said.
The study was supported by grants from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Institutes of Health.