N Engl J Med 2021 05;384(20):1921-1930
The affiliations of the members of the writing committee are as follows: the Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health (C.E.L.), and the Divisions of Preventive Medicine (C.E.L.) and Cardiovascular Disease (S.O.), Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham; the Clinical Applications and Prevention Branch, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD (L.J.F., J.A.C., J.K.S.); the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, University of Utah, and Medical Service, Veterans Affairs Salt Lake City Health Care System, Salt Lake City (S.B., A.K.C.); the Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Science Center (W.C.C., K.C.J.), and Medical Service, Veterans Affairs Medical Center (W.C.C.), Memphis; the Department of Biostatistics and Data Science (G.W.E., D.M.R., W.T.A.), the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine (D.W.K.) and Section of Nephrology (M.V.R.), Department of Internal Medicine, and the Sticht Center for Healthy Aging and Alzheimer's Prevention and Division of Geriatric Medicine (K.M.S., J.D.W.), Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston Salem, NC; the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center (M.R.), and the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University (M.R., J.T.W.), Cleveland; and the Department of Epidemiology, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans (P.K.W.).
Background: In a previously reported randomized trial of standard and intensive systolic blood-pressure control, data on some outcome events had yet to be adjudicated and post-trial follow-up data had not yet been collected.
Methods: We randomly assigned 9361 participants who were at increased risk for cardiovascular disease but did not have diabetes or previous stroke to adhere to an intensive treatment target (systolic blood pressure, <120 mm Hg) or a standard treatment target (systolic blood pressure, <140 mm Hg). The primary outcome was a composite of myocardial infarction, other acute coronary syndromes, stroke, acute decompensated heart failure, or death from cardiovascular causes. Read More