New Research Shows Blood Pressure in Elderly Declines 14 Years Before Death

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Reduced blood pressure in elderly adults is indicative of premature departure, warns that a study.

According to the University Of Connecticut at Mansfield, U.S. researchers, who conducted the analysis, blood pressure in the older individuals gradually starts to decrease about 14 years before departure.

Researchers from UConn Health and the University of Exeter Medical School in the U.K. looked in the electronic medical records of 46,634 British taxpayers who’d died at age 60 or older.

The sample size included those who were healthy in addition to people who had conditions such as heart disease or dementia.

The findings indicated that blood pressure diminishes were steepest in individuals with dementia, heart failure, late-in-life weight reduction and people who had elevated blood pressure to start with.

But long-term declines also occurred without the presence of at least one of these diagnoses.

George Kuchel in the University of Connecticut said that the analysis highlights the value of conducting research assessing older patients like those seen in physician practices everywhere.

The findings should make both physicians and researchers carefully consider what dropping blood pressure actually means for elderly patients.

Doctors have long known that at the average person, blood pressure climbs from youth to middle age. However, normal blood pressure in the elderly has been less certain.