Aging of Arteries in Relation to Hypertension
With a new clinical test for the assessment of the elastic quality of the arterial reservoir, evidence has been obtained suggesting that essential hypertension can be separated into 2 distinct clinical types. In one group the elevation of pressure appears to be the consequence of physiologic aging of arteries and in the other hypertension is imposed upon a normal elastic arterial system. Patients in the elastic group were younger and had a more severe type of hypertension than those in the inelastic group.
- © 1957 American Heart Association, Inc.