Effects of age on blood pressure

Effects of age on blood pressure

Blood vessels become less elastic with age. The average blood pressure increases from 120/70 to 150/90 and may persist slightly high, even if treated. The blood vessels respond more slowly to a change in body position.






Review Date: 8/1/2023
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