GEORGE A. PERERA, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Although most of the clinical and pathologic surveys of primary (essential) hypertension in the literature indicate that the average age at death is in the sixth decade, it is common knowledge that many patients survive for considerably longer periods and may have a normal life expectancy.1 The present study was undertaken to examine the clinical characteristics of those who live past the age of 60.
All cases were selected from the records of the Presbyterian Hospital. One hundred patients were found with established diastolic hypertension2 (repeated diastolic blood pressure values of 90 mm. of Hg or higher) who
PERERA GA. PRIMARY HYPERTENSION IN THE ELDERLY12. Ann Intern Med. ;51:537–540. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-51-3-537
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1959;51(3):537-540.
Cardiology, Coronary Risk Factors, Geriatric Medicine, Hypertension, Nephrology.
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