Harvard Heart Letter

Does blood pressure rise because of age, or something else?

Research we’re watching Among people in the United States and other westernized countries, blood pressure readings tend to rise with age. But a new study suggests that’s not true for the Yanomami, a tribe of hunter-gatherer-gardeners living in a remote Venezuelan rain forest. Researchers measured blood pressure in 72 Yanomami people and 83 people from a nearby tribe, the Yekwana. The people ranged in age from 1 to 60 years old. The Yekwana…

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