SPRINT: Fears of tight BP control for the elderly unfounded?

PATIENTS in the SPRINT study who were older than 75 had much better outcomes when their hypertension was treated to a more aggressive target, US researchers report.

Over 2500 people were randomised to either systolic blood pressure (SBP) reduction targeted at 140mmHg (standard treatment) or intensive treatment to reduce SBP to 120mmHg.

Those in the intensive arm had a 34% lower risk of the primary composite CVD outcome, with 102 events compared with 148 for those on standard treatment.

All-cause mortality was also lower, with 73 deaths in the intensive arm versus 107 for