Letters Hypertension in octogenerians

Hypotension is more risky than hypertension in very old people

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e721 (Published 31 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e721
  1. Frouke M Engelaer, PhD student1,
  2. David van Bodegom, assistant professor of medicine at Leiden University Medical Centre1,
  3. Rudi G J Westendorp, professor of medicine at Leiden University Medical Centre1
  1. 1Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing, 2333 AA Leiden, Netherlands
  1. engelaer{at}leydenacademy.nl

The open label treatment extension of the original HYVET study received enthusiastic applause as further evidence for direct and long term benefits of treating hypertension in very old people (≥80 years).1 However, we should be cautious in extrapolating these findings to clinical practice.

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