Hypertension is common in elderly individuals, but few studies have
examined treatment, control, and risk factors among persons aged 80 years
and older. Using data from the Framingham Heart Study, Lloyd-Jones and colleagues
compared prevalence, treatment, and control of hypertension across age groups.
They found that hypertension prevalence increases with advancing age, exceeding
70% in those older than 80 years. Rates of control are low, particularly among
elderly women, and absolute risks for cardiovascular disease are markedly
increased among elderly persons with hypertension.