Hitting targets for low BP in the elderly linked to cognitive decline
Antihypertensive treatment to achieve guideline-recommended targets in the elderly might hasten the rate of cognitive decline, Australian researchers warn.
Their concern follows new study findings showing that achieving systolic blood pressure (SBP) at or below 120mmHg with medication was associated with global cognitive decline.
Australian guidelines, published in 2016, recommend a treatment target of SBP 120mmHg or lower in over-75s, unless there is concomitant diabetes.
Drawing upon data from the