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New Guidelines for Management of High Blood Pressure Released
December 18, 2013  | 

Chicago, IL  – A new guideline for the management of high blood pressure, developed by an expert panel and containing nine recommendations and a treatment algorithm (flow chart) to help doctors treat patients with hypertension, was published online by JAMA. 

Hypertension is the most common condition seen in primary care and leads to heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, and death if not detected early and treated appropriately. “Patients want to be assured that blood pressure (BP) treatment will reduce their disease burden, while clinicians want guidance on hypertension management using the best scientific evidence. This report takes a rigorous, evidence-based approach to recommend treatment thresholds, goals, and medications in the management of hypertension in adults,” according to information in the article. 

The report, the “2014 Evidence-Based Guideline for the Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults,” is from panel members appointed to the Eighth Joint National Committee. 

The guideline addresses three questions related to high BP management: 

1) At what BP should medication be started in patients with hypertension?

2) What BP goal should patients achieve to know they are enjoying proven health benefits from their medication?

3) What are the best choices for medications to begin treatment for high blood pressure? Continue>

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