March 18, 1998

Setting the TONE for Ending the Hypertension Epidemic

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Ill.

JAMA. 1998;279(11):878-879. doi:10.1001/jama.279.11.878

Of the 45 million Americans 60 years and older, a majority have high blood pressure (BP).1 The consequence that confronts them and their physicians is markedly increased risk (relative and absolute) of major cardiovascular and renal diseases, morbidity and disability, and shortened life expectancy.24 This epidemic problem prevails for both older women and older men of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds throughout this large and growing population stratum.

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