Extreme BP levels linked to increased mortality risk in CKD, diabetes

08/20/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Data on more than 650,000 veterans with chronic kidney disease not dependent on dialysis, including those with diabetes, showed that too high or too low blood pressure levels were associated with greater risk of death. Slightly high systolic pressure was linked to less risk than extremely low diastolic pressure, according to the study in the Annals of Internal Medicine. "It may not be advantageous to achieve ideal systolic blood pressure at the expense of lower-than-ideal diastolic blood pressure in adults with chronic kidney disease," researchers said, but they cautioned that the study did not establish causality and comorbidities could be a factor.

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