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Brief lifestyle interventions do not reduce blood pressure

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 29 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:0-d

In patients with a single high blood pressure reading, simple strategies to modify lifestyle have no effect on the control of blood pressure. Little and colleagues (p 1054) randomised 296 patients with a single high reading to combinations of simple interventions—an information booklet, lifestyle prompts, and advice to use a low sodium-high potassium salt—or standard care. The interventions did not modify blood pressure but they did prompt patients to change their diet, which may be important in the overall management of blood pressure.

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