Re-Evaluate Blood Pressure Goals With New Hypertension Guidelines

New guidelines will reignite controversy about when to diagnose hypertension...appropriate BP goals...and when to start treatment.

We're used to thinking of a BP goal of less than 140/90 mmHg for most patients. In 2013, JNC 8 actually relaxed the goal to less than 150/90 for patients age 60 or older withOUT diabetes or kidney disease.

Now the new Am College of Cardiology and Am Heart Assn guidelines recommend a stricter goal...less than 130/80 across the board...mainly because the SPRINT trial suggested a lower target may reduce CV risk.

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