Blood pressure increased during the pandemic, study finds

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  • Governments enacted emergency measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • These measures significantly altered people’s behavior.
  • In a new study, researchers wanted to see if there was a link between these changes in behavior and effects on people’s blood pressure.
  • The researchers found blood pressure increased during the pandemic compared with previous, non-pandemic years.


Period13 Dec 2021

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  • TitleExpert Opinion
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletMedical News Today
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionProf. Matthew Bailey, who leads hypertension and renal research at the Centre for Cardiovascular Science at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and was not involved in the study, told MNT that the findings were significant and had global implications.

    “This paper has examined almost half a million people and clearly shows that the societal changes [and] restrictions imposed in response to the pandemic have increased blood pressure. The effect is particularly large in women, and there is also an unanticipated increase in young people.”
    PersonsMatthew Bailey