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"Pharmacotherapy for mild Hypertension (Review). The Cochrane Collaboration 2012.
Systolic BP levels 140-159 and/or 90-99 mmHg diastolic BP and without cardiovascular disease.
Authors Conclusions: The large proportion of people treated with anti-hypertensive drugs have no cardiovascular disease and mild Hypertension. This Review have important implications. Most physicians have been treating such patients with false confidence that it was based on Randomised Clinical Trials evidence. Based on the best available evidence at the present time, this review does not show any signficant benefit of anti-hypertensive drug therapy in reducing mortality, heart attacks, strokes or overall cardiovascular events. 9% of patients choosed to withdraw drug treatment because of side-effects. It is likely that with this evidence, many mildly hypertensives with no cardiovascular disease would choose non-drug treatment (diet, exercise, stress management, etc.). Rather than drug treatment.
What is your opinion about these findings and the author´s conclusions?