Study backs more aggressive treatment for high blood pressure

September 11, 2015 5:30 PM

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Study backs more aggressive treatment for high blood pressure

A major new study shows treating high blood pressure more aggressively than usual cuts the risk of heart disease and death in people over age 50, the National Institutes of Health said Friday.

How tightly to control hypertension is controversial, especially as people get older. But the study's preliminary results showed strong enough benefits that NIH stopped the research about a year early.

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