Millions more American may need high blood pressure medications, study says

September 11, 2015 6:52 PM

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A new study finds that aggressive treatment of high blood pressure reduced the risk of death by 25%, a finding that could lead millions more Americans to take medications.

Doctors found big benefits when they gave patients medications that aimed to reduce their systolic blood pressure – the top number in a blood pressure reading – to 120 milligrams of mercury or less. Today, doctors aim to get most patients' systolic blood pressure below 140.

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