November 9th, 2015

Podcast 189: Blood Pressure Target Should Be 120, SPRINT Data Show

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The SPRINT study, suggesting that we aim for a systolic BP target of 120 mm Hg in high-risk hypertensive patients, has been published with much fanfare.

Dr. Paul Whelton — one of the SPRINT investigators — is our guest. He warns against setting 120 as a performance measure, observing that roughly half the patients in the aggressively treated group had levels above that.

Links:

NEJM article (free)

 

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