Low blood-pressure (BP) levels are often associated with increased risk of heart disease, cancer, and stroke.
But the benefits of low blood pressure are not as well known.
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have now discovered how blood pressure is influenced by a variety of environmental factors, including diet, exercise, and sleep, and their association with cancer, heart health, and more.
Read more from Time: Low blood BP can cause cancer, hypertension and stroke, new study findsThe researchers looked at the associations between blood pressure levels, BMI, sleep and lifestyle factors such as obesity and alcohol consumption, and found that those with higher blood pressure were about 50 percent more likely to have a heart attack.
The researchers also found that high blood pressure was associated with more frequent and serious heart attacks.
They also found the associations persisted after adjusting for other risk factors, such as high cholesterol levels and smoking.
Low blood pressures were associated with a 30 percent higher risk of a stroke and a 35 percent higher chance of heart attack, they found.
In terms of the health benefits, low blood pressures are associated with lower blood pressure and improved blood flow in the heart.
The study also found a positive association between sleep deprivation and risk of stroke, while lower levels of sleep may be associated with higher risk for heart disease and stroke in women.
What you need to know about the study:Low blood pressure can affect your heart and cause problems, including heart attacks and strokes.
But researchers have long known that a variety-of-factors approach, in which a variety or combination of environmental variables are considered, can lead to an overall understanding of how blood pressures relate to a variety other health issues.
The findings from this study may have implications for other populations.
The American Heart Association has published guidelines on how to improve your BP levels.
The research was published in the journal Sleep.