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Lowering blood pressure in old people with multiple risk factors is worthwhile

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 20 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:890
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    Doctors are often reluctant to treat hypertension in elderly patients with multiple risk factors for cardiovascular disease, yet these are the very patients who will gain most from such treatment, says a new report (Circulation2001;104:1923)..

    The authors found that treatment in these patients was four times more effective in preventing heart attacks, strokes, and heart failure than in patients with lower levels of risk of cardiovascular disease.

    They used an assessment tool developed by the American Heart Association to classify …

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