Hypertension in old age
Hypertension in old age should not be considered a ‘normal part of aging’.Approximately 30-40% of all people over 65 have high blood pressure. Blood pressure control also increases life expectancy and the quality of life among elderly people.
In the case of elderly patients, the physician will aim to achieve a gradual reduction in blood pressure, and will especially keep an eye on how the patient feels in general and on possible side effects.
With only slightly elevated blood pressure, older patients should, in particular, pay attention in complying with these general measures:
- Reducing excess weight
- Refraining from excessive alcohol consumption
- Appropriate physical activities
- A low-sodium (salt) diet
- Reduction of stress and relaxation