The prognosis of hypertension according to age at onset.
Data from a program for hypertension screening and follow-up were used to study the relationship between age at onset of hypertension and the risk of cardiovascular complications. The risk for hypertensive subjects, compared with normotensive subjects of similar age, declined significantly as age of onset increased from 40 to 69 years. This pattern was not explained by differences in initial severity of hypertension, control of hypertension, obesity, smoking, or alcohol consumption. A sex-specific analysis showed that the pattern was confined to male subjects, but it is argued that it might be seen in female subjects if data for women of more advanced age were available. Further lines of investigation of this interesting phenomenon are proposed.
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