Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Lower indoor temperatures associated with high blood pressure

20 August 2019

Turning up the thermostat may help manage hypertension, finds a new UCL study into the link between indoor temperatures and high blood pressure.

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Lower temperatures in the home should be taken seriously as a potential factor in causing high blood pressure, explains Dr Stephen Jivraj (UCL Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care).

"Our research has helped to explain the higher rates of hypertension, as well as potential increases in deaths 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," said senior author Dr. Stephen Jivraj (UCL Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care).

You can read the research paper online. Additionally, this paper has been reported in the Daily Express, read more.