Indoor Temperature: A Risk Factor for Hypertension

Indoor Temperature A Risk Factor for HypertensionMost people will be turning up their thermostats in the coming days and months. But according to British researchers, a warmer house does not just protect us from the colder weather. It also protects us from high blood pressure.

A study published in the Journal of Hypertension, shows a strong link between a cooler home and the incidence of high blood pressure (hypertension). The study followed more than 4500 people ages sixteen or over. Researchers found that every single degree Celsius decrease in the temperature of a home was associated with a 0.48 mmHg increase in systolic pressure, and a 0.45 mmHg increase in diastolic pressure. Normal blood pressure can range from 90/60 mmHg to 120/80 mmHg, with the top number representing the systolic blood pressure and the bottom number representing the diastolic blood pressure.

In the coolest homes, average blood pressure was 127/75, while in the warmest homes blood pressure was 121/71.

When might think these results reflect differences in socioeconomic level, and that those who could not afford to heat their homes properly could also not afford adequate medical treatment for blood pressure? Researchers controlled variables such as demographics and outdoor temperature, and the differences remain significant.

Study author Dr. Stephen Jivraj commented that the research, “has helped to explain the higher rates of hypertension, as well as potential increases in-depth from stroke and heart disease, in the winter months, suggesting indoor temperatures should be taken more seriously in diagnosis and treatment decisions, and in public health messages.”

What was the optimal indoor temperature for blood pressure? The authors recommend a minimum temperature of 21°C, or 70°F.

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