Clinicians now have guidelines on how to prevent and treat hypertension in people aged 65 or older. The guidance, released in April, comes from an expert panel convened by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.
- To determine if hypertension exists, the patient’s blood pressure should be measured after the patient has been standing for 1 to 3 minutes. This allows the clinician to evaluate for both low and high blood pressure.
- Next, the clinician needs to determine if the blood pressure reading represents hypertension, taking into account the fact that blood pressure increases naturally with age.
- If hypertension is determined, physicians should identify the reversible and treatable causes, check for organ damage, assess other cardiovascular risk factors.
To read more, click here, or go to JAMA, June 15, 2011 – Vol. 305, No. 23, pp. 2394 and 2398.
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