This study was supported by grants from the National Institute on Aging (AG10939, AG17231). Fieldwork in this study was conducted by Harris Interactive, Inc.
Blood Pressure Concordance in Older Married Mexican-American Couples
Article first published online: 24 OCT 2003
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Volume 51, Issue 11, pages 1655–1659, November 2003
How to Cite
Peek, M. K. and Markides, K. S. (2003), Blood Pressure Concordance in Older Married Mexican-American Couples. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 51: 1655–1659. doi: 10.1046/j.1532-5415.2003.51520.x
- Issue published online: 24 OCT 2003
- Article first published online: 24 OCT 2003
- blood pressure concordance;
- marriage and health
There is a strong link between marital status and health. What has been lacking in previous literature is the attention to health similarities or concordance in health between married adults, especially in older ethnic couples. To address the issue of health concordance, the investigators examined the extent to which blood pressure is concordant between older Mexican-American spouses. Using Wave 1 of the Hispanic Established Population for the Epidemiological Study of the Elderly (n=553 married couples), ordinary least squares and logistic regression were conducted to assess the degree of similarity between married adults for systolic and diastolic blood pressure (measured as an average and as percent hypertensive).
Strong associations were found between spouses for both systolic and diastolic blood pressure (correlation coefficient=0.32 and 0.34, respectively). These associations remain even when spouse age, weight, and health characteristics are included in the models. With life expectancy and the time spent in marriage increasing, examining the concordance in health between older adults becomes increasingly important to target older spouses at risk for declines in health.