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BP Targets in Hypertension: What Should We Do Now That SPRINT Is Out?

Hemal Bhatt, Lama Ghazi, David Calhoun, Suzanne Oparil
Current Cardiology Reports 2016, 18 (10): 98
Systolic blood pressure (SBP) is an important predictor of cardiovascular disease (CVD) outcomes. Lowering SBP has been shown to reduce CVD morbidity and mortality, but the optimal SBP target continues to be a topic of intense debate. The Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT) reported a significantly lower risk for CVD outcomes and all-cause mortality by targeting SBP <120 mmHg compared with <140 mmHg in a population of hypertensive persons at high CV risk. In this review, we discuss the strengths, limitations, and generalizability of SPRINT findings to other hypertensive populations that were excluded from the trial, including those with diabetes or prior stroke, <50 years old, and at lower CVD risk. We will focus on the implications of SPRINT findings for appropriate BP targets in high-risk groups of hypertensive persons, including the elderly and those with chronic kidney disease (CKD). We will also address the cost-effectiveness of intensive BP treatment as implemented in SPRINT and the implications of SPRINT for health care policy and future BP guidelines.


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