Lower Blood Pressure Reduces First Stroke Risk: Study

February 11, 2015 9:00 PM

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Keeping the top number in a blood pressure reading below 140 helps reduce the risk of stroke in healthy people 60 and older, according to a new study.

The findings challenge a report published last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The 2014 report said that doctors should aim for blood pressure readings of 150/90 mm Hg or lower for patients 60 and older who do not have diabetes or chronic kidney disease. That top number (the...

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