Published in IJCP November 2018
American Family Physician
Practice Guidelines
November 04, 2018 | Practice Guidelines

Hypertension is a common chronic condition occurring in almost 65% of persons older than 60 years. Proper treatment can lower the risk of cardiovascular, renal, and cerebrovascular disease, as well as mortality; however, there is debate regarding ideal blood pressure (BP) targets. Comorbid conditions should also be considered when choosing a BP target in persons 60 years and older. The American College of Physicians (ACP) and American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) have made recommendations for all clinicians to treat hypertension in this patient population, based on the benefits and harms of higher (less than 150 mm Hg) and lower (140 mm Hg or less) systolic BP targets.