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May 26, 2010

Improved Hypertension Control: Cause for Some Celebration

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Boston University Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts.

JAMA. 2010;303(20):2082-2083. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.692

Hypertension has long been recognized as a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. Advances in drug therapy have provided clinicians with the ability to lower blood pressure (BP) to goal levels in most persons with hypertension. In addition, many intervention trials have demonstrated large benefits of BP lowering in reducing the incidence of cardiovascular events independently of age, sex, type or severity of hypertension, or presence of comorbid conditions.1 Nevertheless, the control of hypertension in the United States and throughout the world has been grossly inadequate.