Marc Pfeffer, M.D., Ph.D., Discusses Clinical Trials of Hypertension
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Marc Pfeffer, M.D., Ph.D., Discusses Clinical Trials of Hypertension

August 30, 2019


Hello, I’m Marc Pfeffer. I’m the Dzau Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a cardiologist for many years at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital here in Boston. I’m delighted today to have the opportunity to tell you about an article that Professor John McMurray from Glasgow, Scotland, and I have put together for the series of reviews of clinical trials coming out just this week. So the impetus behind this was to talk about the use of placebos, the use of controls in major clinical trials and we chose hypertension because there’s been an evolution of our thinking, evolution of what the community, how the community views appropriate controls in the treatment of patients with elevated blood pressure. And it all starts really with the very careful epidemiology from Framingham, Mass., and other places saying that hypertension is a risk and if you fast-forward 40 years since those observations it’s clear: elevated blood pressure is a major risk for cardiovascular events but is it a modifiable risk? So that it’s easy just have a risk but the real question is modifiable.

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