Caution Urged in Response to New Blood Pressure Target Study

The SPRINT trial grabbed headlines for calling for a lower systolic blood pressure goal. But the early release of SPRINT’s results is raising questions.

For many years, a systolic blood pressure reading of 120 mm Hg or lower has been considered normal or healthy blood pressure. Anything between 120 and 139 mm Hg has been labeled “prehypertension,” while a systolic pressure of 140 mm Hg or higher has been the definition of high blood pressure or hypertension. Systolic blood […]

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