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In Bergen, Norway, blood pressure determinations were done incident to compulsory mass chest radiography. Of the 80,000 adults in the city, 68,000 were examined; height and weight were also recorded for 23,600. The logarithms of blood pressures were found to be normally distributed, except for diastolic pressures in the older age groups which were somewhat more skewed than in a log-normal distribution.
The influence of height, weight and age on blood pressure was studied. Height alone had a negligible effect; when height and age were kept constant, blood pressure increased slightly with increasing weight. The data indicate that it is
The Blood Pressure in a Population: Blood Pressure Readings and Height and Weight Determinations in the Adult Population of the City of Bergen.. Ann Intern Med. ;47:1288–1289. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-47-6-1288
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1957;47(6):1288-1289.
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