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NIHR Signal New evidence for lower blood pressure targets
Risk of stroke and heart attack decreases with lower systolic blood pressure such as 120 mmHg and 130 mmHg compared with a higher level of 160 mmHg. Lower target pressures are associated with an increased risk of serious adverse events like fainting. The target with the best balance between efficacy and safety in this research seems to be 130 mmHg. National guidelines mostly recommend a systolic target of 140 mmHg. Recent trials have assessed the value of a lower 120 mmHg target, with mixed fin...
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