SOURCE: Journal of the American Medical Association
Reducing Complications of High Blood Pressure in Older Adults
Researchers from Wake Forest School of Medicine tested whether a systolic blood pressure target of 120 millimeters of mercury was more effective than 140 millimeters for reducing the risk of heart attack, heart failure, stroke and death.
They enrolled more than 2,600 older adults (75 years and older), all of whom were living in their own homes. Study participants were randomly assigned to either a systolic blood pressure target of less than 120 or less than 140. The results found that group assigned to the lower blood pressure target developed fewer cardiovascular complications related to high blood pressure.