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(Bloomberg) — Patients with high blood pressure need extra treatment within about six weeks to prevent heart attacks, strokes and death, according to a study that provides some of the first tips on timing for doctors.

The risk increased for patients whose pressure rose above 150 and the longer doctors delayed adding additional treatment, according to Alexander Turchin, senior author of the study in the British Medical Journal. The risk also rose the longer doctors waited to reevaluate patients after the extra medication was added, he said.

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