High blood pressure often goes hand-in-hand with heart disease. But some people with heart disease don't have hypertension. Those people, however, may still benefit from taking medications to treat high blood pressure, according to an analysis published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
Experts reviewed 25 studies that examined the use of anti-hypertensive medications and prevention of heart attacks, strokes and death in people with heart disease but who had normal blood pressure. Using anti-hypertensive drugs reduced the risk of stroke by 23%, congestive heart failure-related events by 29%, heart-disease events by 15% and death by any cause by 13%. There was not a reduction in heart attack risk, however.