Assessing structural brain changes at sub-hypertensive blood pressure levels in young adulthood

Takeaway

  • Blood pressure (BP)-related brain alterations may occur earlier in adulthood than previously thought and at BP levels below current thresholds defining hypertension.

Why this matters

  • The results of this study highlight the importance of maintaining lower BP or treating hypertension in early adulthood to prevent the pathophysiological cascade of asymptomatic cerebrovascular disease to symptomatic disease, including stroke and dementia.