Drug treatment of mild hypertension questionable: BMJ

The diagnosis and treatment of hypertension at increasingly lower blood pressures calls into question the effectiveness of drugs in treating low-risk patients, academics believe.

In an analysis published in the BMJ, US researchers said the available evidence suggested there was “no net benefit” from drug treatment of mild hypertension, without the higher risks of diabetes or chronic kidney disease.

Inconsistent guidelines on blood pressure targets and lowering definitions of