The harmful effects of high blood pressure on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality are well established. However, hypertension in the very old is an extremely complex issue. Current epidemiological data suggest that high blood pressure may be a marker of survival in the very old, and lowering blood pressure may lead to an increase in total mortality. In this review we will summarize the evidence on the association between blood pressure and mortality and discuss the implications of the data.
Key words: older adults, hypertension, survival, very old, blood pressure.