Aggressively Lowering Blood Pressure Saves Lives, Study Finds

Aggressively Lowering Blood Pressure Saves Lives, Study Finds

Cutting blood pressure below the currently recommended target can significantly reduce the rate of heart attacks, strokes, heart failure and deaths, federal health officials reported Friday.

The findings come from the largest study ever conducted to examine whether reducing systolic blood pressure — the top number patients get when examined — below the currently recommended goal would be beneficial.

The study was halted early when an analysis indicated the benefits were clear, officials said. “This is landmark study,” says Dr. Gary Gibbons, director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, which sponsored the study. “We think that this study will clearly have an impact on patient care for those with hypertension.”

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