Am Fam Physician. 2015 Dec 1;92(11):1020.
What are the benefits of treating mild hypertension?
Treating mild hypertension over five years decreases the risk of stroke, cardiovascular (CV) death, and overall mortality in a small proportion of patients. The numbers needed to treat (NNT)—the numbers of patients who need to be treated to prevent one additional outcome from occurring—are below. Pay attention to the confidence intervals (CIs), which tell us the best/worst case possibilities. Also, note that some of these intervals are very large, meaning that we cannot place much confidence in the reported NNT. (Level of Evidence = 1a)
The authors used the literature
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