Blood Pressure Predicts Survival for Coronary Patients

Diastolic blood pressure an independent predictor

MONDAY, April 28 (HealthDay News) -- Diastolic blood pressure is an independent predictor of long-term survival after hospital discharge in patients with acute coronary syndromes, researchers report in the May issue of the American Journal of Cardiology.

Cheuk-Kit Wong, M.D., and colleagues from the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, examined the association between blood pressure at hospital discharge and long-term outcomes in 1,053 consecutive survivors of acute coronary syndromes.

The researchers found that a model incorporating low diastolic blood pressure and Global Registry of Acute Coronary Events (GRACE) discharge risk scores predicted survival for up to five years. Incorporating additional factors into the model showed that lower GRACE score, higher diastolic blood pressure, and use of beta-blockers and statins were independent predictors of survival.

"In conclusion, this study established the independent prognostic relation between diastolic blood pressure and survival after acute coronary syndromes," Wong and colleagues write.

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