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Blood pressure management in older people: balancing the risks


Guidelines of arterial hypertension treatment based on individualised expected outcomes are not available for frail older persons. In this paper, we review the evidence, concerning management of arterial blood pressure (BP) in frail older patients. We focused on the best affordable methods for BP measurement; the age-related optimum BP; specific BP goals in agreement with the patients’ general heath, frailty status, orthostatic and postprandial hypotension; balancing the benefits against risks of antihypertensive treatment. Lenient BP goals are generally recommended for older persons with moderate or severe frailty, multimorbidity and limited life expectancy. To this aim, there may be a need for deintensification of antihypertensive treatment.

  • arterial hypertension
  • elderly
  • frailty
  • hypotension

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