Is getting your blood pressure to 120/80 really that important?

The recent SPRINT trial asked that same question in patients with hypertension (high blood pressure). The study showed that instead of targeting to less than 140/90, a reduction in cardiovascular events was noted if the blood pressure was targeted to 120/80. There was a 1/3 reduction in heart attack, stroke or congestive heart failure. There was a 1/4 reduction in risk of dying. This has changed the way I treat my patients. Are you optimally managed?

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