From the Department of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Ill.
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.2-4
This epidemic problem prevails for both older women and older men of all ethnic
and socioeconomic backgrounds throughout this large and growing population
Stamler J. Setting the TONE for Ending the Hypertension Epidemic. JAMA. 1998;279(11):878–879. doi:10.1001/jama.279.11.878
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