HYPERTENSION: Does antihypertensive treatment have long-term benefits?

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Clinical trials of antihypertensive drugs typically last up to 5 years, but lifelong therapy for patients with hypertension is recommended in all treatment guidelines. To address this discrepancy, investigators from the Systolic Hypertension in the Elderly Program have published data from a 22-year follow-up showing sustained benefits of antihypertensive treatment.

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