New Hypertension Guidelines

New hypertension guidelines recommend 150/90 for people 60+ before starting treatment, up from the recommendation of 140/80 that has been the standard for 30 years. The study was .published on December 17th 2013 in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension in the U.S. and the Journal of Hypertension in Europe offer practical information for doctors and patients around the globe regarding high blood pressure. The American Society of Hypertension Inc. and the International Society of Hypertension collaborated on the project. The advice will also appear in medical journals across Latin America and have been endorsed by the Asian Pacific Society of Hypertension. The guidelines have already been translated to French, Spanish and Creole, and there are plans to continue translations for populations across the globe.

High blood pressure affects approximately one in three adults in the Americas, Europe, some Asian countries and Australia, and one billion people worldwide. A release from the society calls this an “epidemic”. These are the first guidelines that are usable in any socioeconomic environment including countries that don’t have state-of-the-art equipment.  

The release quotes Dr. Michael A. Weber, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Clinical Hypertension, as saying, "These guidelines have been written to provide a straightforward approach to managing hypertension in the community. We are so proud to have created a set of guidelines that can help not only doctors but also patients understand their disease and the care they receive."

Dr. Ernesto L. Schiffrin, President of the International Society of Hypertension, adds, "Within IHS we wanted to create guidelines for management of hypertension for practitioners, which would provide easy to follow recommendations that were evidence-based and could be carried out in countries that have healthcare systems with either limited or with abundant resources, and above all, that were simple and user-friendly, contributing thus to the control of this highly prevalent condition. Indeed, hypertension is the number one cause of burden of disease worldwide." Here’s the link to the document: http://www.ash-us.org/documents/ASH_ISH-Guidelines_2013.pdf
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