A Cochrane review of studies of about 9000 patients with no pre-existing cardiac disease shows no benefit with drug treatment in patients with mild hypertension(systolic blood pressure 140-159 mm Hg or diastolic 90-99 mm Hg, or both).Review authors believe that more emphasis will be placed onlifestyle modifications such as exercise, smoking cessation and dietary changes.The Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure (JNC) will review the research to see if recommendations need to be revised. How will this new information affect the way you practice?

http://www.bmj.com/content/345/bmj.e5511

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