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The positive and negative impacts of loosened blood pressure guidelines
 

The positive and negative impacts of loosened blood pressure guidelines

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Recently, revised blood pressure guidelines were issued by the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians, two of America’s leading medical groups. According to the new guidelines, those with a history of stroke or heart attack should aim for a systolic blood pressure that is below 140, while those aged 60 and older should get their systolic blood pressure below 150. What are the impacts of this new revision?
 
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23 Jan 2017 - General
 
Though I agree that this change in hypertension guidelines can be confusing, I believe that the updated and looser guideline is better for patients. This way, lifestyles changes are more strongly encouraged before taking anti-hypertensive medications. Aside from being costly, many anti-HTNsive drugs have side effects especially since hypertension therapy is usually maintenance medication. If hypertension an be managed by lifestyle changes, there is no need for any drugs unless the patient has co...
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