To investigate components of the haemostatic and fibrinolytic system in borderline hypertensives and hypertensives, drug-treated or not, from a defined population.
A randomly selected sample of the population of northern Sweden, 1558 subjects aged 25-64 years, was studied. Eight per cent of them were being treated with antihypertensive drugs (trHT). Remaining subjects were classified according to their mean diastolic blood pressure (DBP). Normotension, DBP or = 95 mmHg, in 8% of the subjects.
Mean age increased from the normotensive group through the bHT and uHT groups to the trHT group, members of which were the oldest. Age-adjusted values for the body mass index, waist: hip ratio, serum triglyceride and Phadeseph plasma insulin levels increased with each level of hypertension. Plasma fibrinogen levels and plasminogen activator inhibitor type 1 activity (in men) increased stepwise from normotensives through bHT and uHT to the highest values found in the trHT group. The tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) activity in men declined strongly across the groups, trHT having the lowest fibrinolytic activity (P