PMID: 19744413Sep 12, 2009Paper

Eye on the elderly. Hypertension care: striking the proper balance

The Journal of Family Practice
Robert C LanganMaria V Ghetu

Abstract

Treat systolic hypertension in the elderly to reduce their risk of cardiovascular events and mortality. Don't shy away from treating the very old. Hypertension treatment is beneficial even in patients who are 80 years of age or older. Don't prescribe an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor and an angiotensin receptor blocker for elderly patients without heart failure; the combination increases the risk of adverse effects without reducing cardiovascular events.

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