n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Hypertension in the elderly : clinical pharmacology
|Article Title||Hypertension in the elderly : clinical pharmacology|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||CME : Your SA Journal of CPD|
|Author||Tamara Kredo and Marc Blockman|
|Publication Date||Sep 2007|
|Pages||444 - 446|
Hypertension is a common disease of the elderly (older than 65 years), with a prevalence of between 60% and 80%. It is more often isolated systolic hypertension with a relative fall in diastolic pressure, resulting in an increased pulse pressure. Isolated systolic hypertension is caused by age-related increases in arterial stiffness. Cardiovascular risk factors such as diabetes, hyperlipidaemia, sedentary lifestyle and obesity, are more common in the elderly. For these reasons, the elderly population with hypertension is at increased risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.
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