Blood Pressure in Humans and Epidemiology

  • Thomas G. Coleman
Part of the Blood Pressure Control book series (BPCO, volume 1)


Arterial pressure in humans, reported using systolic and diastolic values, is said to by typically around 120/80 mm Hg. But, specific deviations from the norm have been catalogued, often using studies of large numbers of subjects. Pressure increases steadily with age, except in those societies that have a very low sodium consumption. Reducing the dietary sodium intake in subjects with hypertension will decrease their pressure somewhat. Obesity is associated with increased pressure in children and adults; conversely, weight loss decreases pressure. Children of parents with high blood pressure will tend to have a higher pressure also, and vice versa. This appears to be partly genetic and partly environmental. Curiously, the physiological mechanisms underlying all of these empirical relationships remain unknown.


Arterial Pressure High Blood Pressure Essential Hypertension Blood Pressure Control Diastolic Pressure 
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© Eden Press Incorporated 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas G. Coleman
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  1. 1.School of Medicine Department of Physiology and BiophysicsThe University of Mississippi Medical CenterJacksonUSA

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