Meta-analysis: intensive BP control decreases major CV events and stroke,
but not MI, CHF, or mortality
Does intensive lowering of blood pressure improve the lives of patients with hypertension?
Patients with hypertension who are treated intensively are less likely to have major cardiovascular events, stroke, or progression of albuminuria or retinopathy than those treated less intensively, but intensive lowering had no meaningful effect on myocardial infarctions, heart failure, or mortality. (LOE = 1a)
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