Meta-Analysis: Intensive BP Control Decreases Major CV Events and Stroke, but Not MI, Heart Failure, or Mortality
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Am Fam Physician. 2016 Jun 15;93(12):1036-1037.
Does intensive lowering of blood pressure (BP) improve the lives of patients with hypertension?
Patients with hypertension who are treated intensively are less likely to have major cardiovascular (CV) events, stroke, or progression of albuminuria or retinopathy than those treated less intensively, but intensive lowering had no meaningful effect on myocardial infarctions (MIs), heart failure, or mortality. (Level of Evidence = 1a)
This team of researchers reviewed several databases and registries to identify randomized trials that lasted at least six months and that compared more intensive vs. less intensive BP lowering in patients with hypertension. Two authors independently determined which
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