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Editor's Correspondence
Dec 10/24, 2012

Is Hypertension Overtreatment a Silent Epidemic?

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Dorn Research Institute, WJB Dorn Veterans Hospital, Columbia, South Carolina.

Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(22):1769-1770. doi:10.1001/2013.jamainternmed.96

I commend Kerr et al1 for their examination of overtreatment of hypertension. This issue has been given minimal attention despite potentially harmful consequences. There are a large number of publications on hypertension treatment, yet, using an Internet search, I found only 11 publications that mention the issue of hypertension overtreatment. The only publication that specifically looked at overtreatment was by Scheltens et al,2 where 41.9% of the treated patients had blood pressures (BPs) below levels recommended by Dutch guidelines.

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