Dr. Miedema in Men’s Health Article on Millennial High Blood Pressure

Monday, December 23, 2019 

Dr. Michael Miedema, MHIF researcher and Minneapolis Heart Institute® preventive cardiologist, was cited in a Men’s Health article, “The Great Millennial Blood Pressure Problem“, which addresses why high blood pressure is rising for millennials.  

According to data released by Blue Cross Blue Shield, prevalence of high blood pressure in millennials was 10 percent higher when compared to Gen Xers when they were the same age.  

Vincent Nelson, MD, vice president of medical affairs for Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), stated that based on those findings, “…we’re seeing that millennials are not seeking preventative care and it’s not only having an effect on their immediate health, but will significantly impact their long-term health as well.”  

Men’s Health outlines other reasons that could be contributing to the problem affecting younger individuals including: debt, diet, insufficient physicial activity, and the misguided assumptions of wellness trends.  

What can be done to tackle this issue? The article outlines six small lifestyle changes that can be adopted, including eating smarter for your heart. “Following a heart-healthy diet can drop systolic blood pressure as much as a pill can,” Dr. Miedema asserts. 

Read the full article in Men’s Health below!