Raise BP targets for coronary patients: cardiologist

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 expert says.

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

Commenting on new US guidelines that incorporate the revised targets for BP, Professor Jennings said there were strong reasons to believe there is a J-shaped

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