Research published in Lancet shows promising results for high risk patients

6 November 2015        

A lady having her blood pressure taken A study published today in the Lancet has shown that using intensive treatment to lower blood pressure below currently recommended targets can significantly reduce rates of heart attack and stroke in high-risk patients.

The US study which included a meta-analysis of almost 45,000 individuals, showed that more intensive management of high blood pressure reduced risk of heart attacks by about 14% and stroke by roughly a quarter - compared to standard treatment.  

Christopher Allen, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said:

High blood pressure is known as a ‘silent killer’ and poor management of the condition can lead to serious complications like heart attack and stroke.

“For most people a blood pressure of less than 140/90mmHg is acceptable, but this large trial suggests that some people at higher risk might benefit from more intensive treatment to bring their blood pressure even lower. If we were able to identify these individuals and treat them appropriately we could potentially save more lives however further analysis is needed if current guidelines are to be reviewed.

“In the meantime anyone concerned about their blood pressure should make an appointment with their GP.”