Current Hypertension Reports

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 326–329

Treating prehypertension: A review of the evidence

Article

Abstract

Although the term “prehypertension” has been challenged by some, its use to define people with systolic blood pressure (BP) between 120 and 139 mm Hg and/or diastolic pressures between 80 and 89 mm Hg has gained general acceptance. The category includes as many people as the number who have hypertension, defined as blood pressure of 140/90 or above. Such people are clearly at an increased risk of cardiovascular damage compared with people with BPs below 120/80 mm Hg. The major unresolved issue is the appropriate management of such patients. Two trials have attempted to document the value of short-term drug therapy to prevent the progression of BP to overt hypertension, but no outcome studies are currently available.

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© Current Medicine Group LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Texas Southwestern Medical CenterDallasUSA

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