A recent study looked at the link between blood pressure and heart disease. It reported that blood pressure risk begins under the accepted level of 130/80 mm Hg. These findings also suggest that the disease process leading to heart attacks and strokes begins early in life. This supports the importance of prevention through leading a healthy life. In addition, this study highlights the need for a broad prevention strategy to limit the increase in blood pressure as people age. Doctors should encourage a healthy lifestyle in patients and families of patients with heart disease and risk factors. Family history is very important. For example, children and grandchildren of a patient with heart disease will benefit from leading a healthy lifestyle beginning at a young age. Policymakers should look at national food policies including farm support and those that discourage eating unhealthy foods that lead to obesity. Eating less salt, lower body weight, and with physical activity should also be promoted.