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Achieving a lower blood pressure goal by treating hypertension

Treating hypertension before it turns into heart disease, will be cost-effective over a decade


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Systolic number of 120 instead of 140 mm Hg could add a year or more to the life span.

Intensive treatment approach reduced patients’ risk of cardiovascular events by 25%.

Patients adopted healthy lifestyle habits and took blood pressure medications as prescribed.

Intensive treatment for high blood pressure lengthened patients’ remaining life span by 4% to 9%.

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American Heart Association

Non-profit US organization that funds cardiovascular medical research

Brian Claggett

Instructor at Harvard Medical School

Muthiah Vaduganathan

MD MPH cardiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School

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Blood Pressure