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Women lead men in blood-pressure fatalities

April 25, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The death rate for people with high blood pressure is dropping, but it's still higher for women more than men.

A new study shows that while the death rate of people with high blood pressure has gone down since the mid-1970s, it's not equal among gender.

Doctors aren't sure what accounts for the disparity, but there are a few possible reasons.

Women, despite having a larger drop in blood pressure than men, didn't do as well as men in other matters relating to heart disease. And women tended to gain more weight and were more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes.