Arterial hypertension is a primary cardiovascular risk factor in elderly subjects. The positive effects of antihypertensive therapy in preventing cardiovascular events have been largely demonstrated in several placebo controlled studies. The structural and functional age-dependent changes in the cardiovascular system and in other organs, in association with some particular haemodynamic findings of arterial hypertension, differentiate elderly subjects from younger hypertensives. These differences request specific approach in the correct treatment of elderly hypertensive. The current antihypertensive therapy in the elderly hypertensive is effective in preventing cardiovascular events and in improving quality of life.
|Translated title of the contribution||Arterial hypertension in the elderly: Pathophysiological and therapeutic aspects|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 1998|
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