Treatment of hypertension in the elderly: a time for caution?


The authors review recent studies of treatment of hypertension and suggest modified guidelines for the treatment of elderly hypertensive patients. Treatment is recommended for elderly persons with systolic-diastolic hypertension if the systolic pressure is consistently above 160 mm Hg or the diastolic blood pressure is consistently above 100 mm Hg. Treatment of isolated systolic hypertension should not be excessively vigorous, and systolic blood pressure should not be lowered much below 160 mm Hg.

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@article{Applegate1984TreatmentOH, title={Treatment of hypertension in the elderly: a time for caution?}, author={William B. Applegate and S Edwards Dismuke and John W Runyan}, journal={Journal of the American Geriatrics Society}, year={1984}, volume={32 1}, pages={21-3} }