Can treating the diastolic blood pressure below a certain value increase cardiovascular risk?

Norman M Kaplan

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Abstract

The appearance of cardiovascular events when the diastolic blood pressure is lowered to some critical level is referred to as a "J-curve." Extensive data document the presence of a J-curve appearing when the diastolic blood pressure is lowered by antihypertensive medication to a level below 65 mm Hg, particularly in patients with underlying coronary heart disease even if such disease has not been clinically evident. Caution is needed in the more intensive and widespread treatment of hypertensive patients to avoid a J-curve.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)517-519
Number of pages3
JournalCurrent Cardiology Reports
Volume13
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011

Keywords

  • Cardiovascular risk
  • Diastolic blood pressure
  • J-curve

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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