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Arterial blood pressure in patients with Parkinson's disease
  1. M. J. Aminoff1,
  2. M. Gross,
  3. B. Laatz,
  4. S. D. Vakil2,
  5. A. Petrie,
  6. D. B. Calne3
  1. National Hospitals for Nervous Diseases and the Institute of Neurology and the Hammersmith Hospital and Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London


    The casual arterial blood pressure of 411 patients with Parkinson's disease was compared with that of a representative sample of the general population. The patients were also divided into various sub-groups, and comparisons of blood pressure were made between them. The results provided no support for the widely held belief that blood pressure tends to be low in patients with Parkinson's disease.

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    • 1 Address for correspondence: Dr M. J. Aminoff, Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, California 94143, U.S.A.

    • 2 Present address: Preston Royal Infirmary, Lancashire.

    • 3 Present address: National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.A.