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Systolic hypertension in elderly patients.

Authors
  • Safar, Michel E
Type
Published Article
Journal
Seminars in cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2006
Volume
10
Issue
3
Pages
203–205
Identifiers
PMID: 16959751
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Pulsatile arterial hemodynamics in cardiovascular diseases indicate that the aortic blood pressure curve may be represented by 2 different phenotypes: one in patients 64 years old and younger and the other in subjects older than 65 years. The 2 blood pressure curves may have exactly the same mean arterial pressure (ie, the same cross-sectional area under the curve) but quite different shapes. In older subjects, systolic blood pressure and pulse pressure are higher, whereas diastolic blood pressure is lower than in younger subjects.

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