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Beware of low diastolic readings when treated for high blood pressure

In the Journals Researchers have found evidence that links heart tissue damage to blood pressure treatments that drive diastolic pressure (the bottom number in a reading) too low. Last year’s SPRINT trial showed cardiovascular benefits when high blood pressure was reduced to 120/80 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). In the new study, published Aug. 30, 2016, in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, researchers followed 11,565 people for 21 years. The…

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