Drug treatment of essential hypertension in older people

NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination
Record ID 31999009757
Authors' objectives:

To summarise the available information on the drug treatment of essential hypertension in older people.

Authors' recommendations: Hypertension is very common, occurring in over 50% of older people, and is a major risk factor for stroke and ischaemic heart disease. Drug treatment of hypertension in older people saves lives and prevents unnecessary morbidity. Treating isolated systolic hypertension also saves lives. There is strong evidence to support the use of diuretics as first-line agents. Antihypertensive treatments are most cost-effective when targeted at older patients. There is evidence of under detection and under treatment of hypertension. Factors influencing patient adherence with treatment are not well understood and require further research.
Authors' methods: Systematic review
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 1999
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: England
MeSH Terms
  • Aged
  • Antihypertensive Agents
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Hypertension
Organisation Name: University of York
Contact Address: University of York, York, Y01 5DD, United Kingdom. Tel: +44 1904 321040, Fax: +44 1904 321041,
Contact Name: crd@york.ac.uk
Contact Email: crd@york.ac.uk
Copyright: Centre for Reviews and Dissemination
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