Lifestyle recommendations reduced blood pressure in patients with above-optimal blood pressure

November 2003
ACP Journal Club;Nov/Dec2003, Vol. 139 Issue 3, p71
Academic Journal
This article discusses relative effectiveness of 2 behavioral interventions i.e. the established lifestyle recommendations (ELR) and ELR plus the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet in persons with above-optimal blood pressure (BP). 810 generally healthy adults who were 25 years of age had above-optimal BP, were not taking anti-hypertensive medication, and had a body mass index of 18.5 to 45.0. 268 patients were allocated to the ELR group. Patients in the ELR and ELR-plus-DASH groups had greater reductions in systolic and diastolic BP than did patients in the advice group.


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