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Intensive blood pressure lowering cuts heart failure, death: study
Yahoo! News

Lowering blood pressure below a commonly used target dramatically reduced heart failure and risk of death in adults aged 50 and older in a large U.S. government-sponsored study, results that could lead to a change in treatment guidelines and medical practice.

The data presented on Monday had some potentially troubling side effects that researchers said need further analysis, but they felt the benefits outweighed the risk.

“I think this is a big deal,” said Dr. Marc Pfeffer of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, who critiqued the study at an American Heart Association scientific meeting in Orlando, Florida.