Blood pressure rises sharply from infancy through adolescence. About two thirds of the total lifetime increase in systolic blood occurs in childhood. Throughout adult life, the rise in blood pressure with age continues slowly but steadily. Whereas the mean diastolic blood pressure level seems to decline after the age of 55, systolic blood pressure increases even further at older age.

Netherlands Heart Foundation, Nutricia, ROMERES, Netherlands Institute for Health Services, NESTOR, NWO, Netherlands Prevention Fund
D.E. Grobbee (Diederick)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

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