oa South African Family Practice - Treatment of elevated blood pressure in the very elderly : less is better : CPD

Volume 51, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



Risk of serious adverse cardiovascular events increases with advancing age and with higher blood pressure. Falls and other serious adverse events associated with postural hypotension also increase with age and with antihypertensive drug therapy. It is therefore important to know whether drug treatment improves not only cardiovascular outcomes, but also measures of net health which combine benefit and harm: total mortality and all patients with any serious adverse event. This Letter focuses on the best available evidence about drug treatment of elevated blood pressure in individuals over 79 years of age.

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