Overestimation of blood pressure in the elderly

S. D. Pitlik, G. Morduchowicz, A. Blai, J. B. Rosenfeld

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The blood pressure (BP) of 24 elderly (mean age ± SD 73 ± 5 years) and 10 young (35 ± 11 years) hypertensive patients was measured indirectly by the cuff-mercury sphygmomanometer and directly by intra-arterial recording. The differences between indirect and direct BP (ΔBP) recordings were significant (P<0.05) for both systolic BP (Δ SBP ± SD 16.55 ± 15.91 mm Hg) and diastolic BP (Δ DBP, 6.97 ± 9.38 mm Hg) in the elderly group but not in the young group (Δ SBP, ±2.50 ± 9.70 mm Hg, Δ DBP, ±-0.03 ± 6.55 mm Hg). The use of the cuff-mercury method may overestimate systolic and diastolic BP in elderly hypertensive patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)435-437
Number of pages3
JournalIsrael Journal of Medical Sciences
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes


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