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

September 11, 2015 6:21 PM

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Aggressive blood-pressure reduction 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, according to preliminary results of a large U.S. government-sponsored study released 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 versus 140 cut the rate of heart attacks, strokes and heart failure by almost a third and the risk of death by nearly a quarter.

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