Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular Health in College Students and Campus Faculty/Staff


Previous research indicates that cardiovascular (CV) disease mortality has decreased in populations ages 55-74, but has not for younger groups, suggesting a need for research in CV health in younger adults. We compared CV health measures between relatively healthy young (college students) and middle-aged (faculty/staff) adults who were matched for body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure (BP) dipping status. Measures of CV health, including: VO2max, clinical BP, ambulatory blood pressure (ABP), BMI, and fasted plasma glucose/cholesterol were measured in students (n=10, 20.2±0.6 yrs) and faculty/staff (n=9, 44.8±8.3 yrs) of a small college campus. There was no difference in VO2max, glucose,/cholesterol, or clinical BP measures between the groups, but there were differences in diastolic 24 hr ABP, diastolic daytime ABP, and diastolic nighttime ABP (p<0.05 for all). In students, we found no relationships between ABP and CV health variables. However, in faculty/staff, there was a relationship between 24 hr systolic ABP and daytime systolic ABP with glucose, HDL, and triglycerides (p<0.05 for all). Our results indicate that, although there are no differences in BP dipping status, BMI, and clinical BP measures between the groups, there is a relationship between glucose, HDL, and triglycerides with ABP in only the faculty/staff adult group. This suggests that other measures, not examined in this study, may differ between the two groups.



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The FASEB Journal


Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

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