A long-term blood pressure has an increased risk of aortic valve disease(AVD). This disease refers to problem with the problems with the valve that controls how blood is pumped from the left ventricle of the heart out into aorta, the main artery.
A recent study conducted by European Society of Cardiology, found that a systolic blood pressure above 115mmHg and with every addition of additional 20 mmHg was associated with a 41 percent higher risk of aortic stenosis (AS) and a 38 percent higher risk of aortic regurgitation (AR).
The study suggests that controlling blood pressure even at levels below the maximum is a better way to prevent these conditions.
The condition, AS is a situation in which valve that opens and closes when blood is pumped out of the left ventricle becomes narrowed and stiff due to the sedimentation of calcium. This in turn affects the effective working of the valve, making it harder for the heart to pump blood to the rest of the body. In this situation, valve does not close properly and will allow some blood to leak back into the left ventricle.
During the study period, an average of nearly seven blood pressure measurements per patient was taken.
The Journal of European Heart published this finding.