Blood pressure goals: How low should you go?

The higher a person’s blood pressure, the greater the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and death from heart-related illness. Doctor’s usually recommend blood pressure medication when a person’s pressure surpasses 140/90. The higher the pressure to start, the greater the health benefit of lowering it below 140/90. But taking multiple medications, poor health, and older age can make aggressive drug therapy for high blood pressure riskier. But a healthy man with high blood pressure may be able to tolerate more medication and thus benefit more from the treatment.

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