Systolic BP and CV Events: How Low Do We Need to Go?
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Having elevated systolic blood pressure (SBP) can increase the possibility of cardiovascular events, but does decreasing the SBP <120mmHg reduce that risk? New research in JAMA Internal Medicine states that in patients with hypertension, once SBP is <140mmHg, the risk of cardiovascular events such as heart failure, stroke, MI, or death due to coronary heart disease does not decrease with further SBP reduction to <120mmHg.
Importance: Studies document a progressive increase in heart disease risk as systolic blood pressure (SBP) rises above 115mmHg, but it is unknown whether an SBP lower than 120mmHg among adults with hypertension (HTN) lowers heart failure, stroke, and myocardial infarction risk. Objective: To ...
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