Upper blood pressure number of particular concern for seniors

09/1/2004 | WebMD

When seniors have their blood pressure taken, the upper number, referring to systolic blood pressure, is particularly important, new research says. Systolic blood pressure is the pressure in the arteries when the heart pumps blood throughout the body, and if it goes above 160 in people over 60, it's time to consider treatment, even if the lower number measuring diastolic blood pressure is normal.

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