n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Management of hypertension in older persons - specific considerations

Volume 31, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Hypertension (HT) and its complications constitute the most important health condition causing disability and death in old age. The definition of HT is the same for young and old persons. The World Health Organization characterises HT by a systolic blood pressure (SBP) ≥140 mmHg and a diastolic blood pressure (DBP) ≥90 mmHg at any age after 20 years. During ageing, SBP increases gradually. For DBP, the evolution is characterised by an increase until age 55 years and by a decrease after that.

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