What are appropriate treatment goals for hypertension in the very elderly (≥80 years)?
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Decreasing blood pressure to less than 150/80 mmHg in the very elderly reduces total cardiovascular event morbidity and mortality by 25%, mainly due to a reduction in fatal cerebrovascular events. Treatment of hypertension in this subgroup does not decrease the morbidity or mortality of coronary heart disease or overall mortality. (SOR A, based on systematic reviews).
Evidence Based Practice 13(2): 07-08.