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Medical News & Perspectives
October 4, 2000

Hypertension Experts Recommend New Focus on the Systolic Reading

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JAMA. 2000;284(13):1638-1639. doi:10.1001/jama.284.13.1638-JMN1004-2-1

Chicago—Some researchers are saying that many physicians have been too lax in treating their hypertensive patients, accepting an insufficient reduction in blood pressure.

Speaking at a late summer press conference sponsored by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp in conjunction with the 18th Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Hypertension, George Bakris, MD, said recent research shows a need for aggressive treatment of hypertension.