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International Journal of Hypertension
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 548286, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/548286
Review Article

Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring in the Elderly

1Hypertension Unit, Service of Internal Medicine, Virgen de las Nieves University Hospital, 18012 Granada, Spain
2Hypertension Unit, Service of Internal Medicine, Clinic San Cecilio University Hospital, 18012 Granada, Spain

Received 11 July 2011; Accepted 8 September 2011

Academic Editor: Pedro Cía Gómez

Copyright © 2012 Juan Diego Mediavilla García et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The incidence of hypertension is high in the elderly and is present in 2/3 of the patients older than 65 years. Prevalence can reach 90% in patients older than 80 years. The presence of isolated systolic hypertension (ISH) is characteristic of this population. However, the prevalence of hypertension by ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) is not well known. In this study, we analyzed the special characteristics of hypertension in this population, giving special emphasis on ABPM readings.