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International Journal of Hypertension
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 791412, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/791412
Clinical Study

Study on the Dynamics of Cortisol Secretions in Hypertensive Elderly Patients

1Department of Clinical Cardiology, Municipal Clinical Hospital “Phylantropia”, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 200349 Craiova, Romania
2Department of Internal Medicine, Municipal Clinical Hospital “Phylantropia”, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 200349 Craiova, Romania
3Department of Internal Medicine, The Research Centre of the Emergency Clinical Hospital, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 200349 Craiova, Romania
4Military Clinical Hospital Craiova, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 200349 Craiova, Romania

Received 30 June 2011; Accepted 20 October 2011

Academic Editor: Blas Gil Extremera

Copyright © 2012 Doina Carstea et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Ageing is defined as a slow, irreversible process of cellular changes, that are due to a lack of balance between degradation and repair, a continuous interaction between physiological and pathological processes. Physiological aspects in elderly people are often confused with disease. Given these general considerations, we would make observations about the dynamics of cortisol secretion in healthy elderly subjects and patients with a diagnosed cardiovascular disease, more precisely hypertension. The study was conducted during 2003–2010, on a number of 135 patients older than 65 years of age, who were divided into two groups: one group counting 66 patients and consisting of healthy elderly controls (without systemic disease, renal, endocrine, or cardiovascular known issues) and group 2 who consists of 69 elderly patients who associate known hypertensive and other cardiovascular issues.