Do not treat mild hypertension with low risk for heart disease

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The benefit from antihypertensive therapy is unproven in patients with mild hypertension and no preexisting cardiovascular disease said Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal President heart Care Foundation of India.  A meta-analysis combined four placebo-controlled trials adding together 8912 patients with mild hypertension and no preexisting cardiovascular disease.  Up to 5 years of follow-up, antihypertensive therapy resulted in lower rates of mortality and stroke but higher rates of heart attacks.Low-risk patients with mild hypertension and no preexisting cardiovascular disease who fail to reduce their blood pressure with lifestyle modification should receive antihypertensive therapy.

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