Pressure increased on hypertension treatment

New US guidelines are the most aggressive yet in terms of targets for blood pressure control.

Put out by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, and published in JAMA, the guidelines recommend we now consider anyone with a BP of 120/80 mmHg or above as having abnormal blood pressure.

People who have a systolic between 120 and 130 mmHg but whose diastolic is still below 80 mmHg are to be considered to have elevated BP. But those who have both a systolic up to 10mmHg above target (120-130mmHg) and a diastolic between 80 and 90 mmHg should now be classified as having stage 1 hypertension. An accompanying editorial estimates ...

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