The case for lowering the hypertension threshold

Benefits outweigh risks, according to US research
Blood pressure

The recent lowering of the hypertension threshold in the US has been vindicated in the data.

Last year, a revised US hypertension guideline saw a lowering of the threshold from 140/90mmHg to 130/80mmHg.

Researchers have now examined the impact of this on cardiovascular events and deaths, and early indications suggest it is the right move.