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Clinical Trials Update
January 23/30, 2018

Bariatric Surgery Controls Blood Pressure

JAMA. 2018;319(4):333. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.21380

Bariatric surgery effectively controlled blood pressure in patients with obesity and hypertension, according to a trial published in Circulation.

All 100 participants were obese (body mass index, 30-39.9 kg/m2) and using antihypertensive medications. The majority did not have diabetes. They were randomly assigned to either Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery plus medical therapy or to medical therapy alone. Medical therapy was standardized based on office blood pressure measurements, unless contraindicated or if patients had controlled blood pressure with their current regimen, in which case they continued with their baseline medication.