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.