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(WZZM) -- It's a fact that blood pressure increases your risk for heart disease, now researchers are trying to pinpoint who might be prone to getting high blood pressure.

When doctor's measure blood pressure they don't usually consider how changes over long periods of time might affect a person's health. A new study of almost 5,000 men and women over 25 years might change that.

The study looked at whether fluctuating blood pressure in your 20s and 30s had an impact on whether or not you would get heart disease in your 50s. What the study found is those who had medium or high blood pressure levels, or whose blood pressure steadily increased into middle age, were more prone to develop heart disease.

Dr. Norrina Allen co-authored the study. "If we can identify which pattern an individual is likely to fall into, we may be able to identify who's at risk for the development of heart disease and intervene before they actually develop heart disease."

The study appears in this month's Journal of the American Medical Association and further provides proof that what we do in our 20s and 30s can impact the risk for developing heart disease.

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