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Clin Geriatr Med. 2013 Aug;29(3):593-609. doi: 10.1016/j.cger.2013.05.002.

Hypertension in the elderly: unique challenges and management.

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Department of Nephrology, School of Medicine, Mustafa Kemal University, 31034, Hatay, Turkey.

Abstract

Elderly individuals, worldwide, are on the rise, posing new challenges to care providers. Hypertension is highly prevalent in elderly individuals, and multiple challenges face care providers while managing it. In addition to treating hypertension, the physician must treat other modifiable cardiovascular risk factors in patients with or without diabetes mellitus or chronic kidney disease to reduce cardiovascular events and mortality. This review discusses some of the unique characteristics of high blood pressure in the elderly and provides an overview of the challenges facing care providers, as well as the current recommendations for management of hypertension in the elderly.

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Elderly; Epidemiology; Hypertension; Management; Pathophysiology

PMID:
23849010
DOI:
10.1016/j.cger.2013.05.002
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