Blood Pressure: The Lower, the Better

May 2011
Diabetes Care;May2011 Supplement 2, Vol. 34, pS308
Academic Journal
The article offers an analysis of studies which showed that the notion "the lower, the better" is not evidence based and the risk associated with aggressive lowering of blood pressure (BP). In the Hypertension Optimal Treatment (HOT) trial, it has been suggested that there is no benefit to lowering diastolic BP to less than 90 millimeter of mercury (mmHg). In elderly patients with isolated systolic hypertension, aggressive lowering of BP is also considered harmful.


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