Intervention Review

Treatment blood pressure targets for hypertension

  1. Jose Agustin Arguedas1,*,
  2. Marco I Perez2,
  3. James M Wright2

Editorial Group: Cochrane Hypertension Group

Published Online: 8 JUL 2009

Assessed as up-to-date: 30 SEP 2008

DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004349.pub2

How to Cite

Arguedas JA, Perez MI, Wright JM. Treatment blood pressure targets for hypertension. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2009, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD004349. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004349.pub2.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Universidad de Costa Rica, Depto de Farmacologia Clinica, Facultad de Medicina, San Pedro de Montes de Oca, Costa Rica

  2. 2

    University of British Columbia, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Vancouver, BC, Canada

*Jose Agustin Arguedas, Depto de Farmacologia Clinica, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Costa Rica, San Pedro de Montes de Oca, Costa Rica.

Publication History

  1. Publication Status: New
  2. Published Online: 8 JUL 2009




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When treating elevated blood pressure, doctors need to know what blood pressure (BP) target they should try to achieve. The standard of clinical practice for some time has been ≤ 140 - 160/ 90 - 100 mmHg. New guidelines are recommending BP targets lower than this standard. It is not known whether attempting to achieve targets lower than the standard reduces mortality and morbidity.


To determine if lower BP targets (≤ 135/85 mmHg) are associated with reduction in mortality and morbidity as compared with standard BP targets (≤ 140-160/ 90-100 mmHg).

Search methods

Electronic search of MEDLINE (1966-2008), EMBASE (1980-2008), and CENTRAL (up to June 2008); references from review articles, clinical guidelines, and clinical trials.

Selection criteria

Randomized controlled trials comparing patients randomized to lower or to standard BP targets and providing data on any of the primary outcomes below.

Data collection and analysis

Two reviewers (JAA, MIP) independently assessed the included trials and data entry. Primary outcomes were total mortality; total serious adverse events; total cardiovascular events; myocardial infarction, stroke, congestive heart failure and end stage renal disease. Secondary outcomes were achieved mean systolic and diastolic BP and withdrawals due to adverse effects.

Main results

No trials comparing different systolic BP targets were found. Seven trials (22,089 subjects) comparing different diastolic BP targets were included. Despite a -4/-3 mmHg greater achieved reduction in systolic/diastolic BP, p< 0.001, attempting to achieve "lower targets" instead of "standard targets" did not change total mortality (RR 0.92, 95% CI 0.86-1.15), myocardial infarction (RR 0.90, 95% CI 0.74-1.09), stroke (RR 0.99, 95% CI 0.79-1.25) , congestive heart failure (RR 0.88, 95% CI 0.59-1.32), major cardiovascular events (RR 0.94, 95% CI 0.83-1.07), or end-stage renal disease (RR 1.01, 95% CI 0.81-1.27). The net health effect of lower targets cannot be fully assessed due to lack of information regarding all total serious adverse events and withdrawals due to adverse effects in 6 of 7 trials. A sensitivity analysis in diabetic patients and in patients with chronic renal disease also did not show a reduction in any of the mortality and morbidity outcomes with lower targets as compared to standard targets.

Authors' conclusions

Treating patients to lower than standard BP targets, ≤140-160/90-100 mmHg, does not reduce mortality or morbidity. Because guidelines are recommending even lower targets for diabetes mellitus and chronic renal disease, we are currently conducting systematic reviews in those groups of patients.


Plain language summary

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Aiming for blood pressure targets lower than 140/90 mmHg is not beneficial

High blood pressure (BP) is linked to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. High BP has been defined as any number larger than 140 to 160 /90 to 100 mmHg and as a result this range of BPs has become the standard blood pressure target for physicians and patients. Over the last five years a trend toward lower targets has been recommended by hypertension experts who set treatment guidelines. This trend is based on the assumption that the use of drugs to bring the BP lower than140/90 mmHg will reduce heart attack and stroke similar to that seen in some population studies. However, this approach is not proven.

This review was performed to find and assess all trials designed to answer whether lower blood pressure targets are better than standard blood pressure targets. Data from 7 trials in over 22,000 people were analysed. Using more drugs in the lower target groups did achieve modestly lower blood pressures. However, this strategy did not prolong survival or reduce stroke, heart attack, heart failure or kidney failure. More trials are needed, but at present there is no evidence to support aiming for a blood pressure target lower than 140/90 mmHg in any hypertensive patient.



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治療高血壓時,醫師應設定目標血壓。臨床上一般以,140  160/90  100 毫米汞柱(mmHg)為目標。目前較新的治療準則則是設定在更低的血壓,然而這是否能進一步降低死亡率及相關併發症則是未知。


探討更嚴格的血壓控制在135/85 毫米汞柱,是否能比傳統的140 – 160/90 – 100 毫米汞柱進一步降低死亡率及相關併發症。


搜尋的資料庫包括MEDLINE (1966 – 2008), EMBASE (1980 – 2008), and CENTRAL (2008/06)裡的review article,臨床治療準則以及臨床試驗。






ˋ搜尋資料庫並沒有找到針對不同收縮壓目標做探討的研究。另有7個研究,共22,089個受試者,針對不同的舒張壓目標探討。和標準血壓控制目標的組別相比,將血壓控制在較低標準的組別,收縮壓降低至少4毫米汞柱,舒張壓降低至少3毫米汞柱,(p< 0.001),卻未能改變整體死亡率(RR 0.92, 95% CI 0.86 – 1.15),心肌梗塞(RR 0.90, 95% CI 0.74 – 1.09),中風(RR 0.99, 95% CI 0.79 – 1.25),心衰竭(RR 0.88, 95% CI 0.59 – 1.32),重大心血管事件(RR 0.94, 95% CI 0.83 – 1.07),或末期腎臟病(RR 1.01, 95% CI 0.81 – 1.27)的比例。然而在7個研究中,有6個研究缺乏關於整體不良反應及因此中輟參與研究的資訊,因此無法完整評估較低的血壓標準於整體健康之效應。針對糖尿病病人及慢性腎臟病病人之敏感性分析,也表示未能降低死亡率及相關併發症。


將病人的血壓控制在低於標準血壓140 – 160/90100 毫米汞柱,並不能降低死亡率及併發症之比例。此外,由於臨床治療準則建議將糖尿病及慢性腎臟病病人的血壓控制在較低的標準,我們目前正在進行對此一特殊族群之系統性的探討分析。



此翻譯計畫由臺灣國家衛生研究院(National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan)統籌。