Blood Pressure Medicines Reduce Stroke Risk in People with Prehypertension, Study Suggests
People with prehypertension had a lower risk of stroke when they took blood pressure–lowering medicines, according to research reported in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.
Prehypertension, which affects more than 50 million adults in the United States, is blood pressure ranging between 120/80 mm Hg and 139/89 mm Hg. Hypertension is 140/90 mm Hg or higher.
"Our study pertains to people with prehypertensive blood pressure levels and shows that the excess risk of stroke associated with these high-normal readings (top number 120-140) can be altered by taking blood pressure pills," said Ilke Sipahi, MD, lead author of the study and associate director of Heart Failure and Transplantation at the Harrington-McLaughlin Heart and Vascular Institute in Cleveland, Ohio.
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