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Guidance on dialysis patients' blood pressure

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Identifying optimal blood pressure ranges for dialysis patients with kidney disease should take age and diabetes status into consideration, according to a US study of 16,283 patients.

Researchers found low systolic blood pressure was associated with increased risk of premature death, particularly among older patients and those with diabetes.

Higher systolic blood pressure was linked with increased risk of premature death among younger patients, regardless of race or diabetes status, the authors said online in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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