Pharmacotherapy for hypertension in adults 60 years or older

Pharmacotherapy for hypertension in adults 60 years or older

  • Blood pressure-lowering therapy in people with hypertension 60 years and older reduced death, strokes, and heart attacks
  • Benefit was similar if both upper and lower blood pressure numbers were elevated and if only the upper number was elevated
  • First-line treatment used in most studies was a thiazide
  • Magnitude of benefit in cardiovascular mortality and morbidity observed was probably greater among 60- to 79-year old patients than in very elderly patients 80 years or older

Updated review: Pharmacotherapy for hypertension in adults 60 years or older