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High Blood Pressure Requires Urgent Attention

“While exact projections are difficult to establish, data from the Framingham Heart Study and the NHANES II indicate that even small improvements in blood pressure control can have a major impact on public health. Lowering the DBP by only 2 mmHg could result in a 6 percent reduction in the risk of coronary heart disease, and a 15 percent reduction in the risk of stroke and transient ischemic attacks.13 <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/bookshelf/br.fcgi?book=hstechrev&part=A24909#A24922>  Moreover, in individuals with a SBP of 140–159 mmHg and/or a DBP of 90–99 mmHg, a sustained 12 mm reduction in SBP for a period of 10 years has been estimated to prevent one death among every 11 patients treated.1 <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/bookshelf/br.fcgi?book=hstechrev&part=A24909#A24910>  “

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January 27, 2010 - Posted by | Chronic conditions, healthcare, High Blood Pressure | , , , ,

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