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Evidence is needed that ß blockade alone reduces mortality in hypertension

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 06 December 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1544
  1. L H Opie, Director, heart research unit and hypertension clinic (
  1. a Department of Medicine, UCT Medical School, Observatory 7925, Cape Town, South Africa

    Editor—I am concerned by the oft repeated but incorrect statement that “reduction in mortality has been shown only with established ß blockers and diuretics,” which is one of the key messages of Philipp et al's paper on the HANE study.1 I have no quarrel with the diuretic part of the statement, which is well supported by good trials. However, …

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