High blood pressure? Turn up your thermostat

According to a recently published study, living in a cooler house might be a risk factor for hypertension. The authors believe that the temperature of the home should be discussed with people who are at risk.

High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects more than 100 million adults in the United States.

High blood pressure? Turn up your thermostat

Though hypertension rarely produces significant symptoms, it increases the risk that other more serious problems may develop, such as stroke and heart attack.

High blood pressure is increasingly prevalent and lays the groundwork for significant and potentially life-changing health outcomes.

For these reasons, it is important to understand why it occurs and how it can be managed. Many risk factors — such as older age, a family history of hypertension, an unhealthful diet, being overweight, smoking tobacco, and drinking too much alcohol — are already known.

A recent study, conducted at University College London (UCL) in the United Kingdom, adds a new risk factor to the list: the temperature of your home.

The research paper — titled ‘My blood pressure is low today, do you have the heating on?’ The association between indoor temperature and blood pressure — now appears in the Journal of Hypertension.