Time for considering other blood pressure target values in elderly patients with type 2 diabetes?

Abstract

Although blood pressure control has undoubtedly proven its benefits in reducing the high cardiovascular risk in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), it still remains unclear whether intensive antihypertensive treatment in old age (> 75 years) is beneficial. Many of the current guidelines recommend a systolic blood pressure (SBP) < 140 mmHg or lower, unless patients are at high risk for possible adverse events such as postural hypotension (1,2). This perspective aims to get a discussion started on the appropriate target SBP value for patients with T2DM aged older than 75 years.We would like to propose the less stringent value of< 160 mmHg in this specific population.

DOI: 10.1111/j.1742-1241.2011.02841.x

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@article{Hateren2012TimeFC, title={Time for considering other blood pressure target values in elderly patients with type 2 diabetes?}, author={Kornelis J J van Hateren and Gijs W. D. Landman and Nanne Kleefstra and Sebatiaan T Houweling and Klaus van der Meer and H . J . G . Bilo}, journal={International journal of clinical practice}, year={2012}, volume={66 2}, pages={125-7} }