In a new study, University of Minnesota researchers, in collaboration with the Veterans Affairs Health Care System in Minneapolis, examined data collected on more than 20,000 subjects who participated in two major national health surveys between 1959 and 1976.
When they compared blood pressure readings and two decades of long-term survival data they confirmed something we’ve known for years: Systolic BP is more important as we get older. But with the new data, they were able to produce these two specific guidelines:
1) People under the age of 50 with diastolic BP above 100 were significantly more likely to die prematurely, no matter what their systolic BP was.
2) People over the age of 50 with systolic BP above 140 were significantly more likely to die prematurely, no matter what their diastolic BP was.