London: The treatment for high bloodpressure in elderly patients have been too aggressive that maydo them more harm than good, says a new research. After examining available data of blood pressurepatients aged 80 and more in the UK, scientists at CochraneCollaboration found that the octogenarians are being given toomany drugs and in too large doses. The guidelines in the UK and the US recommend thatpeople over 80 should receive the same blood pressuretreatment as people of any other age. This means usingcombinations of drugs to reach a target blood pressure of140/90 mmHg. But Dr James Wright, head of the Cochrane researchgroup, said: "Clinicians should change what they are presentlydoing and move towards a more conservative approach for theover 80s. I have done so with my patients." His review of existing studies, including data fromtwo new trials which looked specifically at the effect ofblood pressure drugs in this age group, found little evidencethat aggressive treatment saves more lives, the BBC reported. Although fewer patients died of strokes, the totalnumber of deaths from all causes was unchanged.
The only trial that found a significant reduction inoverall mortality was the most conservative in terms of numberof drugs and dose of drugs allowed.PTI
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