When and how far should we lower blood pressure?
The accuracy of the diagnosis of mild or borderline hypertension is dubious. Perhaps up to one-third of such patients are wrongly categorized when more accurate measures are taken, largely because of the "defense" reaction. The recent trials of mild hypertension are discussed. Patients with a diastolic blood pressure in the range of 95 to 100 mm Hg should only begin treatment after careful assessment and consideration of other risk factors.
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