Why lower is better for your heart

A Sept. 11, 2015 CBC article is entitled:

Treat high blood pressure aggressively to save lives, U.S. trial suggests: Why lower is better for your heart

The research is of interest and value, which is why I’ve posted the link.

The above-mentioned article notes:

“Tobe said emails are flying among hypertension and heart and stroke experts in Canada as they organize a teleconference to decide what to do with the new U.S. information, critically assess in and make plans to disseminate the information.

“Asked to speculate on whether Canadian treatment targets for managing hypertension might change, Tobe said yes, if the findings in the press release hold.

“He said the benefits in the trial were similar to the what’s seen when blood pressure is lowered in high-risk individuals such as the elderly with drug therapy compared to no medications.”

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New York Times version

A Sept. 11, 2015 New York Times version of the report about the research is entitled:

Lower Blood Pressure Guidelines Could Be ‘Lifesaving,’ Federal Study Says

The article notes:

“The study found that patients who were assigned to reach a systolic blood pressure goal below 120 — far lower than current guidelines of 140, or 150 for people over 60 — had their risk of heart attacks, heart failure and strokes reduced by a third and their risk of death reduced by nearly a quarter.”

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