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Medical News & Perspectives
September 9, 2009

Aggressively Treating Hypertension Remains Strategy of Uncertain Benefit

JAMA. 2009;302(10):1047-1048. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1270

Conventional wisdom on treating hypertension argues that the greater the reduction in patient blood pressure, the better the outcome. Now, a contrarian view is gaining traction.

This view holds that there are limits to the benefits of reducing blood pressure in patients with hypertension and that continued efforts to lower it beyond various targets only increases cost and inconvenience for the patient.

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