Hypertension Update: Intensive treatment for hypertension management
The therapeutic blood pressure (BP) targets to be attained have long been a topic of debate. Several clinical studies and meta-analyses, especially the SPRINT trial, have shown the advantages of intensive antihypertensive treatment in reducing major cardiovascular events, myocardial infarction, stroke, heart failure, and all-causes cardiovascular mortality.These trials were followed by several international Guidelines recommending BP target of <130/80 mmHg for a majority of hypertensive patients till 65 years of age. The guidelines also suggested a reduction of the target for the elderly.The 2017 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/ AHA) guidelines as well as the European Society of Cardiology/European Society of Hypertension (ESC/ESH) guidelines identified the new therapeutic goal of 130/80mmHg for all hypertensive patients 18-65years of age, or lower, if w...
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