Treat ’em

The elderly benefit from lowered blood pressure

By Nathan Seppa, 14:39 PM April 30, 2008

People age 80 and over who have high blood pressure live longer if they receive drugs to lower it, a new study finds. While that statement might seem obvious, medical opinion has been unclear on the advisability of treating hypertension in the very elderly.

Some research has failed to show benefits from reducing blood pressure in such people, and other studies have even associated high blood pressure with longer survival in the group.

“That association probably didn’t reflect that low...

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