Hypertension in the Elderly

Coodley, Eugene L.
January 1985
Angiology;Jan1985, Vol. 36 Issue 1, p45
Academic Journal
Hypertension in the older population has a serious prognosis and this is true even for isolated systolic hypertension. There is a markedly increased risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease and central nervous system in such patients. The hemodynamics in hypertension of the elderly differs in a number of parameters from hypertension in the younger patient. In addition, drug metabolism is markedly altered by the aging process. This combination of factors requires a selective choice of agents for the management of hypertension in the elderly. The role of various drug modalities and their efficacy is reviewed in this presentation.


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