Tight BP control works for the elderly too

Patients aged over 75 in the SPRINT study had much better outcomes when their hypertension was treated to a more aggressive target, US researchers report.

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

Those in the intensive arm had a 34% lower risk of the primary