NIH Expands High Blood Pressure Trial To Include More Older Adults

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) plans to add about 1,750 participants over the age of 75 to its upcoming Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT).

The idea is to determine whether a lower blood pressure range in older adults will reduce cardiovascular and kidney diseases, age-related cognitive decline, and dementia.

"No large-scale clinical trial has examined the impact of aggressively lowering systolic blood pressure among older adults," said Susan B. Shurin, M.D., acting director of the NIH's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

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