Ashford University Hypertension Management in the Older Adult Discussion
Topic: Hypertension Management in the Older Adult
Hypertension is a common condition in older adults. Older adults benefit from the treatment of their hypertension, but special considerations need to be given before initiating pharmacological therapy due to the risk of increased complications. Discuss two strategies that you will use when initiating antihypertensive therapy in the older adult (you may consider things such as goal BP, class of medications, laboratory monitoring of therapy, monitoring for side effects, etc.) Plese add 3 references.
Older adults can benefit from the process of deprescribing or reducing the number of prescribed medications by weighing the benefits and the risks of each drug. Review the article by Lai & Fok (2017) and apply the 5 step process to a patient from your clinical experience. Be sure to choose a patient over age 65 that takes >7 medications. Address whether each medication remains appropriate for this patient or if you think it can be discontinued. Provide rationales for your decisions. Please add 3 references.