Hypertension 2008, refining our treatment.

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Hypertension 2008, refining our treatment.

Geriatrics. 2008 Oct;63(10):14-5, 17-20

Authors: Leibovitch ER

Clinical studies continue to modify our approach to the older hypertensive patient. The pathophysiology of hypertension is now better understood from data derived from ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, the assessment of central arterial pressure and of vascular stiffness. This is altering both the ways we assess, monitor, and treat our older hypertensive patients as well as our choice of pharmacological agents. New data have confirmed the importance of treating the very elderly patient's blood pressure and of modifying the increasing incidence of atrial fibrillation. Resistant hypertension is frequently the result of excessive aldosterone production, a situation easily treated. Several investigators have raised the question of the prehypertensive state and of possible therapy.

PMID: 18828652 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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