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Variability in blood pressure could help predict heart attack and stroke risk, researchers say

ݮƵ 2024; 384 doi: (Published 09 February 2024) Cite this as: ݮƵ 2024;384:q363
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The ݮƵ

Hypertension guidelines should be changed to focus on not just a patient’s blood pressure but how it varies from visit to visit, say researchers from Imperial College London.1

To determine the long term effects of systolic blood pressure variability on cardiovascular outcomes, the research team used patients’ records from 7092 people in the UK who participated in the ASCOT antihypertensive trial two decades ago and who consented to be followed up.2

The team looked at all post-trial …

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