HYPERTENSION: Edited by Franz H. Messerli and Stefano F. RimoldiThe lower the achieved blood pressure goal the betterValdiviezo, Carolinaa; Martin, Lisa W.b; Panjrath, Gurusher S.Author Information aMedstar Washington Hospital Center and Georgetown University School of Medicine bHeart and Vascular Institute, George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington DC, USA Correspondence to Gurusher S. Panjrath, MD, FACC, FAHA, 2150 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Division of Cardiology, Washington DC 20037, USA. Tel: +1 202 741 2322; fax: +1 202 741 2323; e-mail: [email protected] Current Opinion in Cardiology: July 2015 - Volume 30 - Issue 4 - p 378-382 doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000187 Buy Metrics Abstract Purpose of review Hypertension is the eminent risk factor for renal and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Its management is a topic of public health priority. As either too high or too low blood pressure (BP) levels can have detrimental effects on health, optimal targets for BP continue to be controversial. The current manuscript will review relevant data published over the last year that add to this topic of controversy. Recent findings Recent studies confirm increased CVD-related risk with increasing SBP levels more than 140 mmHg among patients with hypertension and CVD as well as those over the age of 60 years. A SBP target less than 140 mmHg conveyed lessened risk of CVD-related events. There is some evidence suggesting that the ideal BP target lies between 120 and 140 mmHg. Summary Recent data support a target SBP of less than 140 mmHg among patients with hypertension or CVD, and achievement of this target might benefit those older than 60 years of age as well. Treating to SBPs below 120 mmHg may not result in further benefit. Data from randomized controlled trials specifically addressing the question whether lower BPs are associated with better outcomes are needed to further define ideal BP-target goals. Copyright © 2015 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.