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Hypertension treatment and management concerns in the elderly
Fischer M. Hypertension treatment and management concerns in the elderly. Aging health. 2009 Oct 1; 5(5):683-699.
Much of the developed world's population is aging. Hypertension is a common condition that increases steadily with age and is most prevalent in the elderly. In the last two decades, a number of clinical trials have increased the awareness of the consequences of hypertension and enhanced the understanding of its treatment. Both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic strategies have been found to be successful in treating hypertension and reducing the frequency of associated morbidity and mortality in the elderly. Moreover, these treatments appear to be well tolerated and feasible to implement in geriatric populations. It is incumbent upon healthcare providers and policymakers alike to diligently pursue vigorous management of hypertension in their older patients.