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Study backs more aggressive treatment of high blood pressure
San Francisco Chronicle

Aiming lower saves more lives when it comes to controlling high blood pressure, says a major new study that could spur doctors to more aggressively treat patients over 50. Patients who got their blood pressure well below today’s usually recommended level significantly cut their risk of heart disease and death, the National Institutes of Health announced Friday. The benefit was strong enough that NIH stopped the study about a year early. “This study provides potentially life-saving information,” declared Dr. Gary Gibbons, director of NIH’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

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