HYPERTENSION: Controversies in blood-pressure goals among the elderly

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Abstract

The optimal blood-pressure (BP) goals for elderly patients remain inconclusive, despite the recent publication of meta-analyses comparing intensive BP control with standard BP control. In searching for therapeutic approaches in these patients, researchers should change the focus from optimal BP values to a more holistic, individual approach.

Refers to Bavishi, C. et al. Outcomes of intensive blood pressure lowering in older hypertensive patients. J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 69, 486-493 (2017) | Weiss, J. et al. Benefits and harms of intensive blood pressure treatment in adults aged 60 years or older: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Ann. Intern. Med.http://dx.doi.org/10.7326/M16-1754 (2017)

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