Female medical professional checking senior patient's blood pressure
Asian nurse using a blood pressure gauge to check an African American, elderly woman's health.

Medicine’s Mahboob Rahman notes that research shows lower is better when it comes to blood pressure

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AARP: Mahboob Rahman, professor at the School of Medicine, noted that research shows lower is better—even lifesaving—when it comes to blood pressure. “The most important message is that blood pressure control is important, that blood pressure control literally saves lives,” he said. “If you work with your doctor to control your blood pressure well, you will be at lower risk of developing heart disease; you live longer, literally.”