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Antihypertensive Therapy and Reduced Life-Insurance Premiums

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Howard University Medical Service, D.C. General Hospital; Washington, D.C.

Ann Intern Med. 1978;88(5):706-707. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-88-5-706
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That hypertension is associated with a large increase in morbidity and mortality from various causes is well known. Even minimal elevations of arterial blood pressure have a strong effect on life expectancy. It is not surprising that much of the information on this excess in morbidity and mortality has been assembled by insurance actuaries (1). The large effect of even a small increase in blood pressure can be seen in the estimate that a 35-year-old man with a blood pressure of 150/100 mm Hg will have a shorter life by 16.5 years if his hypertension remains untreated (1). Not surprisingly


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