Lowering Blood Pressure Can Stop or Reverse Heart Disease

Keeping hypertension at bay as important as reducing cholesterol, study suggests

MONDAY, Aug. 7 (HealthDay News) — Aggressive reduction of blood pressure in people with coronary artery disease may stop, and even reverse, the disease, U.S. researchers report.

In fact, lowering patients’ blood pressure may be as important as treatment to reduce cholesterol, said researchers at the Cleveland Clinic. They suggested that blood pressure levels currently recommended for coronary artery disease patients are not low enough for optimal control or reversal of the disease.

“Our results have important implications. They indicate that patients with coronary artery disease, such as those with previous heart attacks, could benefit from more aggressive lowering of their blood pressure, much like aggressive cholesterol management,” cardiologist Dr. Ilke Sipahi said in a prepared statement.

More information : The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more about coronary artery disease (www.nhlbi.nih.gov ).



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