Margaret A.WinklerMDIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorsIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: The systematic review by Dr Messerli
and colleagues1 based on 10 published studies concluded
that diuretics are effective antihypertensive drugs, whereas
β-blockers should no longer be considered to be appropriate
first-line therapy for uncomplicated hypertension in the elderly. On
the basis of the data presented, the first conclusion is quite
acceptable, whereas the second is not.
Kendall MJ, Cohen JD. β-Blockers as First-Line Agents for Hypertension in the Elderly. JAMA. 1999;281(2):131–133. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-2-jac80019
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