Hypertension in Older Persons: A Systematic Review of National and International Treatment Guidelines

Tariq M. Alhawassi, Ines Krass, Lisa G. Pont*

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Despite good evidence regarding the benefits of managing hypertension in elderly populations, the extent to which this evidence has been incorporated into national and international clinical hypertension treatment guidelines is unknown. A systematic review was conducted to identify recommendations in current national and international hypertension treatment guidelines with a focus on specific targets and treatment recommendations for older persons with uncomplicated hypertension. Guidelines for the management of hypertension published or updated over a 5-year period (2009-2014) were identified by searching Medline, Google, and Google Scholar. Thirteen guidelines that met the predefined inclusion criteria were included in the review. Among these guidelines was considerable variation regarding who is considered an older person. However, there was general consensus regarding blood pressure targets. While current hypertension guidelines do include recommendations regarding management of uncomplicated hypertension in older populations, the depth and breadth of these recommendations vary considerably between guidelines and may limit the usefulness of such treatment guidelines to clinicians.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)486-492
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Clinical Hypertension
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015


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