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Early use of ARBs urged

GPs should prescribe angiotensin-receptor antagonists as early as possible to get patients to target, say researchers.

NICE recommends ACE inhibitors are used first-line for those under 55 years with hypertension, but this new analysis of general practice data from the THIN database shows systolic blood pressure reductions were greater for those receiving ARBs first or second-line.

The research will be presented at the American Society of Hypertension meeting in New Orleans later this month.

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