Blood pressure level and incidence of myocardial infarction among patients treated for hypertension

Robert C. Kaplan, Bruce M. Psaty, Susan R. Heckbert, Nicholas L. Smith, Rozenn N. Lemaitre

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Abstract

Objectives. This study examined the relationship between achieved blood pressure and risk of myocardial infarction among patients treated for hypertension. Methods. Blood pressure and other cardiovascular risk factors were assessed among 718 myocardial infarction case patients and 2136 matched controls. Results. Blood pressure level was directly related to risk of myocardial infarction. Patients with treated hypertension who had mild elevations in blood pressure accounted for a larger share of the excess myocardial infarction incidence than those who had higher blood pressure readings. Conclusions. Achieving normotensive levels in treated hypertensive patients with uncontrolled blood pressure might prevent more than 15% of myocardial infarctions in the treated hypertensive population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1414-1417
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume89
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1999
Externally publishedYes

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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