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Blood Pressure Drugs May Help Heart Patients Without Hypertension
Date:3/1/2011

stions. In some cases, these medications could make blood pressure too low. And, people would likely need to be on these medications indefinitely, possibly for years. So, costs and potential side effects have to be considered, said Ventura, who wrote an accompanying editorial in the same issue of the journal.

In the editorial, Ventura concluded that the meta-analysis "demonstrates that treatment of blood pressures lower than 140/90 mm/Hg is associated with benefits for patients with [cardiovascular disease], but more clinical trial data are needed for those without CVD."

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Learn more about blood pressure medications from the American Heart Association.

SOURCES: Angela M. Thompson, M.S.P.H., doctoral research fellow, department of epidemiology, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans; Hector Ventura, M.D., director, section of cardiomyopathy and heart transplantation, Ochsner Health System, New Orleans; Mario Garcia, M.D., chief, division of cardiology, Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City; March 2, 2011, Journal of the American Medical Association


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