High Blood Pressure May Protect Some Frail Elderly: Study

Medication needs might vary for patients who can't walk a certain speed or distance, experts say

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"We need to focus on hypertension, but give a little slack," he said, adding that not every patient will benefit from efforts to lower their blood pressure. However, he said, "If the systolic pressure is 180, I am not leaving it alone. I would also treat someone who also has diabetes and has high cholesterol or other risk factors." A systolic blood pressure of higher than 180 is considered a hypertensive crisis, according to the American Heart Association.

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Learn more about high blood pressure (hypertension) at the American Heart Association.

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