Aggressive blood-pressure lowering cuts death, heart problems: study

September 11, 2015 4:05 PM

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Aggressive blood-pressure lowering cuts death, heart problems: study

Lowering blood pressure below a commonly used target significantly reduced serious heart problems and cut the risk of death in adults aged 50 and older, preliminary results of a large government-sponsored study showed on Friday.

In the study of more than 9,300 patients with hypertension, using a combination of medicines to reduce systolic pressure to a target of 120 cut the rate of heart attacks, strokes and heart failure by almost a third, and the risk of death by nearly a quarter, compared to target of 140.

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