Cardiologist urges upward revision of blood pressure targets

Blood pressure targets for most patients with co-existing hypertension and coronary artery disease should be revised upward from 130/80mmHg to 140/90mmHg, an Australian cardiologist says.

The more conservative approach reflects the impaired perfusion pressure when there is obstructive coronary artery disease, says Professor Garry Jennings of the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne.

Commenting on new US guidelines that