October 18, 2009

Treatment blood pressure targets for hypertension.

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In the meta-analysis, no reduction in morbidity or mortality benefit was found when hypertensive patients are targeted to a lower target of ≤ 135/85 mmHg as compared to a BP targets of ≤ 140-160/ 90-100 mmHg. Of note, no trials comparing different systolic BP targets were included in the analysis. Nephrology Now readers will likely be interested in reviewing the Cardio-Sis trial recently published in the Lancet which did specifically look at a strategy targeting a lower systolic blood pressure.

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