OLDER FOLKS AND BLOOD PRESSURE
ANCHOR LEAD: EVEN OCTOGENARIANS CAN BENEFIT FROM BLOOD PRESSURE CONTROL, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
When people reach their 80s they may believe that screening and prevention strategies designed to keep them healthy or catch conditions early no longer apply, but that’s simply not true. One recent study looked at blood pressure management in those aged 80 and older, and found a clear benefit. Rick Lange, a cardiologist at Johns Hopkins, explains.
LANGE: This was a study of almost 4000 patients in their eighties, who had not been previously treated for high blood pressure. These individuals received a dramatic benefit, even though there was just a modest blood pressure lowering. Their blood pressure started at 160/80, and the goal was to get it below 150. And in those individuals who received treatment for only two years, there was a 20 percent in the risk of death, a 64% reduction in the risk of heart failure, and a 30% decrease in the risk of stroke. :28
So even if you’re in your eighties or beyond, keep vigilant about healthcare assessments and consider using medications. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.