study were able to achieve a level that low, despite being on an average of almost three blood pressure-lowering drugs.
He said that patients often worry that their blood pressure might drop too low, and there are side effects that can be associated with aggressive blood pressure reduction.
The new research was published online July 29 in JAMA Neurology.
The author of an editorial accompanying the study, Dr. Craig Anderson, said lowering blood pressure “is relatively straight forward.” But to effectively control blood pressure, doctors often need to prescribe multiple medications, though not all doctors will do so, he said. Anderson is a professor of neurology at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
“Perhaps doctors have a tendency to be conservative in their use of antihypertensive medications, particularly in older, frailer people, because of