Drugs pointless in mild hypertension
Antihypertensive drugs provide no benefit for patients with mildly elevated blood pressure, a Cochrane review finds.
Analysing 11 randomised controlled trials, researchers found pharmacotherapy did not reduce total mortality, coronary heart disease or stroke over 4-5 years in patients with mild hypertension and no history of cardiovascular disease.
Around 9% of patients discontinued treatment due to adverse effects, the review found.
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