Study links low systolic BP to higher death rate in elderly

10/27/2008 | Medscape (free registration)

A study of 348 Swedes ages 85 and older found patients with a systolic blood pressure below 120 mmHg have an increased rate of death compared with those who have higher readings. Researchers found patients with low systolic BP also had significantly higher rates of heart failure and dementia and a reduced ability to perform activities of daily living.

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