[Hypertension in the elderly]

Schoenenberger, Andreas W; Erne, Paul; Stuck, Andreas E (2012). [Hypertension in the elderly]. Therapeutische Umschau, 69(5), pp. 299-304. Bern: Huber

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Many aspects of hypertension diagnosis and treatment are similar in young and old patients. However, some differences exist. Due to the increasing vascular stiffness most elderly patients have isolated systolic hypertension and its prevalence in the population is high. Blood pressure should be measured in the sitting position and also with the patient standing to exclude orthostatic hypotension, a frequent problem in elderly patients. Pseudohypertension, a source of inadequate measurements in elderly patients, should be recognized. In comparison to other health problems there is good scientific evidence for antihypertensive treatment in elderly patients. As treatment does not only improve survival, but also reduces cardiovascular events such as non-fatal stroke or myocardial infarction, antihypertensive therapy is an important measure to prevent functional decline and disability.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of General Internal Medicine (DAIM) > Geriatric Clinic

UniBE Contributor:

Schoenenberger, Andreas and Stuck, Andreas

ISSN:

0040-5930

Publisher:

Huber

Language:

German

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:40

Last Modified:

06 Dec 2013 13:38

PubMed ID:

22547362

Web of Science ID:

A1982ND77100009

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/16504 (FactScience: 224155)

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