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Influence of patient's age on GPs' definition of hypertension

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 03 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1471

Patients aged over 80 may not benefit from antihypertensive treatment

  1. Tim Coleman
  1. Honorary clinical research fellow Faculty of Medicine, University of Leicester, Leicester General Hospital, Leicester LE5 4PW

    EDITOR,—J E C Dickerson and M J Brown explore the influence of patients' ages on general practitioners' reported management of hypertension but include all patients aged >/=65 in one category.1 While it has been shown that treatment of hypertension is beneficial in people aged 65-80, there is no good evidence that it is warranted in those aged over 80.2 …

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