A Hurry-Up Lifestyle Can Hurt the Young

Even if you're only 18, impatience can mean hypertension later on. And that can be bad news for your heart

My friend Raj has always been a classic Type A personality. He becomes restless anytime he has to wait; he hollers at other drivers in traffic; he often doesn't bother to sit down when he eats. He is also hypertensive, with a blood pressure of 150/90 at age 34. This past week I decided to share with him the results of a new study presented at this year's American Heart Association meeting. Although he always knew his lifestyle wasn't healthy, he thought it wouldn't affect him much--or at least that his relative youth would protect him for now. It turns out...

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