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Reducing blood pressure too low has risks for patients with heart disease, registry finds

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4791 (Published 06 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4791
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Caution should be exercised when lowering blood pressure (BP) in patients with coronary artery disease, researchers have advised, after an international registry study showed increased risk of cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, and stroke when BP is below 120 mm Hg systolic and 70 mm Hg diastolic.1

Lowering BP in patients with hypertension has been shown to reduce their risk of cardiovascular events and death, but the optimum target BP is debated. Randomised trials have shown no benefit below 140/90 mm …

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