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News: Prescriber's Letter January 2016

You'll hear controversy about whether it makes sense to aim for a LOWER systolic blood pressure in hypertensive patients
   Recent guidelines recommend aiming for more relaxed BP goals, such as a systolic < 150 mmHg in patients 60 and older instead of < 140 mmHg...due to lack of evidence that lower is better. 
   But the new SPRINT trial suggests that a lower systolic BP may be better for some patients...including those over age 75. 
   For example, aiming for a systolic < 120 instead of < 140 prevents one more CV event for every 185 patients with CV risks treated/year. 
   But this benefit may not apply to many of your patients. 
   For example, it's too early to say if patients with diabetes, heart failure, or previous stroke benefit from a systolic < 120. 

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