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How can age affect your risk of side effects from high blood pressure drugs?

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While your odds of heart disease go up as you age, the risks of side effects from blood pressure medications -- like dizziness and falls -- can also get more serious. If you're age 80 or older and you have high blood pressure, your doctor may hold off on medication to protect you from side effects.

SOURCES:

CDC: "High Blood Pressure."

National Institute on Aging: "High Blood Pressure."

American Heart Association: "Understanding Blood Pressure Readings," "Heart Insight: Why Blood Pressure Matters," "Hypertensive Crisis: When You Should Call 9-1-1 for High Blood Pressure," "Controlling Hypertension in Adults," "What are the Symptoms of High Blood Pressure?" "Low Blood Pressure -- When Blood Pressure Is Too Low."

Mayo Clinic: "High blood pressure (hypertension)."

UpToDate: "Hypertension: Who Should Be Treated?" IQWiG (Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care): "When is taking medication for high blood pressure a good idea?"

Medscape: "Updated Hypertension Guidelines Released by ACP, AAFP."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 17, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "High Blood Pressure."

National Institute on Aging: "High Blood Pressure."

American Heart Association: "Understanding Blood Pressure Readings," "Heart Insight: Why Blood Pressure Matters," "Hypertensive Crisis: When You Should Call 9-1-1 for High Blood Pressure," "Controlling Hypertension in Adults," "What are the Symptoms of High Blood Pressure?" "Low Blood Pressure -- When Blood Pressure Is Too Low."

Mayo Clinic: "High blood pressure (hypertension)."

UpToDate: "Hypertension: Who Should Be Treated?" IQWiG (Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care): "When is taking medication for high blood pressure a good idea?"

Medscape: "Updated Hypertension Guidelines Released by ACP, AAFP."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 17, 2019

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